Mushrooms, Molds & Mycorrhizae
Thursday, June 1, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, June 4, 2017 (All day)
Mushroom Mountain’s Tradd Cotter leads an exclusive four-day immersion course that dives into mushroom ecology and basic identification, farm reproduction methods and cultivation, mycoremediation, and medicinal mushrooms, extracts, and tinctures. Beginners and advanced students alike will walk away with the knowledge and skills needed to accomplish a range of personal or professional goals, including: cultivating fungi on small and large scales, incorporating edible mushrooms and beneficial fungi into garden designs, identifying wild mushrooms, cultivating and preparing medicinal mushrooms, and cleaning contaminated soils and polluted water through mycoremediation.
The first day of the course will focus on ecology and basic identification of fungi, covering life cycles, inter-kingdom interactions, collecting mushrooms, basic identification techniques, dissections, and microscopy, as well as preservation and storage of mushrooms. On day two, we will focus on sterile tissue culture, strain isolation, spawn generation, and culture maintenance and storage. During the third day, we will work on outdoor cultivation of mushrooms with a variety of inoculation media: logs and stumps, wood chips and compost, and straw and agricultural waste. We will also explore recycling with mushrooms. On our final day together, our focus will split between both mycoremediation and medicinal mushrooms.
The workshop is designed to empower and energize anyone who attends to make a difference in their local communities; it encourages the rapid deployment of these concepts worldwide as a collective collaboration.