Apr 19, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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I run a new Grand Rapids business called the Urban Mushroom. We grow gourmet mushrooms indoors in an urban warehouse type space over on the SW side. We see ourselves not as mushroom farmers, but as mycological entrepreneurs. The field of sustainable, applied mycology is in it's infancy, but has the potential to explode in the next few years - to the benefit of society and the planet. I'll be giving a short talk on the history of our business and our vision for a "mycotopia" here in West Michigan. Following that, we'll do a tour of "Urban Mushroom HQ", including our incubation rooms, grow rooms, and inoculation lab, and then a short cultivation workshop where you'll learn to grow Oyster mushrooms on straw in a laundry basket (Bring your own laundry basket, and we'll supply the straw and the spawn. We will NOT have additional laundry baskets available). You won't believe the mycology that we're doing on a limited budget in a former truck repair depot, and you'll be heartened to learn how easy it is to grow mushrooms for food, medicine, and remediation at home, without expensive lab equipment.