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Resilient Mycology

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Doors open at 6:30 pm

Suggested Donation - $10-$20

Mushroom citizen science for remediation in increased food security, soil healing, and growing potent medicines.

Discovering and encouraging positive fungal disturbance response in urban ecologies, transforming waste into food and medicine is the work of the mushroom cultivator, in turn creating more healthy soil, feeding community and the earth.


Ja Schindler is an author, gardener, mushroom cultivator, teacher, community organizer. Ja resides in Eugene, Oregon where he researches and offers education and consultation in mushroom cultivation and mycoremediation.

Originally from Detroit, his interests in post-industrial urban renewal, food security, and environmental awareness developed into a fierce affinity for bioremediation and fungi at a young age. For the past decade he has been studying mycology, has lived and worked on a progressive mushroom farm, developed low-tech cultivation methods, and experimented with an array of remediation strategies. His first book, ‘Fungi For the People”, in the Spring of 2014.

Leila Darwish is a community organizer, urban gardener and permaculturalist with a BSc in Environmental Conservation Sciences. Most of her grassroots organizing has centered on environmental justice issues in communities struggling with either the threat of or the enduring legacy of toxic contamination of their land and drinking water. Her focus on grassroots bioremediation stems from a deep commitment to justice and the passionate desire to empower people by providing them with simple, practical, transformative, and accessible tools for regenerative earth repair.

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