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Meet other local people who are interested in eating and growing organically, preserving the environment, living in a sustainable way, promoting the cooperative and Public Benefit Corporation business models, and spreading awareness about all of these. Nonsectarian, non-commercial.

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Oyster mushroom cultivation | WEI event (North Branch) - $60, register with WEI

Mushrooms are a wonderful, high-value, healthy, nutritious and medicinal food to grow in both urban and rural environments, and can be incorporated into many existing growing systems. Learn how to grow oyster mushrooms year-round on straw, coffee grounds, and other media using low-tech methods. Oyster Mushroom Cultivation When: Saturday June 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Where: WEI’s Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch MN Instructor: Ashley Monk Registration Fee: $60.00 REGISTER HERE Full Course Description: Mushrooms are a wonderful, high-value, healthy, nutritious and medicinal food to grow in both urban and rural environments, and can be incorporated into many existing growing systems. Learn how to grow oyster mushrooms year-round on straw, coffee grounds, and other media using low-tech methods. You’ll get hands-on experience pasteurizing and inoculating substrate in different kinds of cropping containers. Participants will take a small bag of inoculated substrate home to fruit. We’ll cover: • Life cycle of mushrooms and cultivation basics • How to inoculate, fruit, and harvest oyster mushrooms • Year-round cultivation; urban and rural applications • Recycling, composting, and vermicomposting with mushrooms • Post-harvest handling and marketing Learning Objectives: 1) Learn how to inoculate, fruit, and harvest oyster mushrooms 2) Gain hands on experience in order to build confidence in cultivating mushrooms 3) Spark curiosity and interest in incorporating mushroom cultivation into urban and rural farm/community project settings, using regenerative, low-tech, low-cost methods. Instructor(s) Bio: Ashley is an activist farmer, social justice organizer, radical mycologist, artist, student, and teacher. Ashley is passionate about applying ecological principles to transformative social ecologies and creating resilient communities through regenerative agriculture, food systems, and mycology. Ashley has practiced regenerative agriculture and mycology across the country, including managing a bio-intensive greenhouse at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, practicing agroforestry and medicinal plant cultivation in the Catskills, managing a start-up aquaponics farm, and working with urban and rural farming projects in New York and the Midwest. Ashley is currently based in Minneapolis, MN and is dream scheming a community mycology lab.

Right to Know (which foods have GMOs) | ongoing campaign

Right To Know MN is a campaign started by concerned citizens to make the labeling of GMOs the law in Minnesota. A coalition of farmers, health advocates, families, and others who support healthy foods, they are moms, dads, brothers, sisters, daughters, and sons, from all different walks of life, who believe we have the right to know what is in the foods we eat. Because more pesticides are used on GMO crops, the food ends up with a lot more harmful pesticide residues. If you're concerned about the prevalence of cancer, systemic auto-immune diseases, degenerative brain diseases, and other epidemic health conditions, you may wish to participate in this campaign which simply asks for transparency about which foods contain GMOs so consumers can choose whether to eat them or not. http://www.righttoknowmn.org/

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