Hands-On Mushroom Installation at the Tacoma Food Forest!

We will be installing the mycological layer of our Food Forest design at the Food Forest in Swan Creek Park. The mushrooms we will be cultivating will be both edible and medicinal, and will be a community resource free to all once they begin fruiting. It will be a great way for those who visit to learn how to identify edible and medicinal species in a forest environment, as well as learn how to cultivate said species in your own back yard! Mycelium and mushroom growing kits will be available for sale at the workshop. The workshop will be led by Ja Schindler, who is the founder and director of Fungi For The People, an organization dedicated to social and environmental justice through conducting research and offering education in mushroom production and mycoremediation.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, his interests in post-industrial urban renewal, food security, and environmental awareness have driven him to forge new approaches in converting organic waste streams into nutrient dense foods via community-scale mushroom cultivation, all while enhancing biodiversity in urban rebound ecosystems. Ja now resides in Eugene, Oregon where he is developing a Mushroom Cultivation Design Center, and frequently facilitates courses and delivers lectures on mycology around the country.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, but donations are very welcome, and needed! A variety of mushroom spawn will be available for purchase at the event. Hope to see you there!

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    • Alison, MLIS, L.

      yes, I posted them. =) I'm a co-org on the local paleo and WAPF meetups.
      mushroom wise I've attend the WA Mush Fest, a mush cultivation workshop and a recent medicinal mushroom class.

      March 26, 2014

    • Alison, MLIS, L.

      Just send me suitable event info and I can crosspost to both the paleo and WAPF meetups.

      March 26, 2014

  • Ashlee T.

    Is this an adult only event? I homeschool and I think this would be a great lesson for two of my kiddos. However, I can leave them home if that would be better for the group. Thanks in advance!

    1 · March 22, 2014

    • Renee

      Hey, Ashlee! Children are always welcome at the Swan Creek Food Forest, the only thing I would be concerned about is that this workshop may get a little technical, which may not hold the attention of certain age groups (not sure how old your kiddos are). But you are free to try, and I imagine other people may bring their children as well, and if they get bored they can play together? I think Ja is designing the curriculum of the day with adults in mind, BUT that doesn't mean certain kids wouldn't take to it; you know your kids best! Here is a link to Fungi for the People's website, and in particular an outline of one of his workshops (not the one that's happening, but an example nonetheless) that will give you an idea of the way he teaches and what his 'style' is, so you know if it is something your kids would like. I look forward to meeting you and your family! http://fungiforthepeo...­

      March 23, 2014

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