Urban Mushroom Farmer Training
Next Trainings June 23-25, September 22-24 2017
New Cumberland/Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
“As above so below” – Hermes Trismegistus
Our Trainings are for those ready to immerse themselves in fungal culture! Three 9hr intensive days(w/breaks for lunch and dinner), covering what it takes to work with fungi and in turn cultivate them. Small class size ensures everyone is addressed, and encourages communication between participants which can be very helpful. We will go through a series of presentations, and hands on workshops. Our Trainings will be held 3 times a year mostly in New Cumberland and Lemoyne, Pennsylvania on Permaculture Designed Properties, with field trips to our Micro Farm Facilities.
What We Cover
-Intro to Fungi, fungal biology, anatomy, and what mushrooms are.
-Effective and Inexpensive Home Labs and Lab practice. How to make a Still Air GloveBox. How to culture fungi. How to Clone mushrooms. Sterile Environments and HEPA filters. Equipment you will need, and where to get it.
–Cultivation Processes of expanding your culture to liquid, grain, and sawdust, Fruiting chambers and rooms. Lo Tech No Tech Methods
–MycoRemediation Theory, History, Safe Application and Monitoring. Citizen Science
– Mushroom Culture, History, Societal Implications
– Nutraceutical Mushrooms, How to make your own capsules, How you can benefit from mushroom teas, Unique medicinal application.
–MycoPermaculture using fungi in whole systems design. Ecological design with Fungi in Mind!
–Creating Complex Bio-Soils and Micro Environments by feeding your Fungal Wastes to Red Wiggler Worms, and Beatles.
We will be both inside and outside 2 Permaculture Homesteads. We will be facilitating hands on workshops, and powerpoint presentations. You may get messy if you want. We will get a chance to work in an Urban style clean room and lab, and fruiting facility. Depending on time of year and weather we may be inside the whole time.
Our Intensive will be led by William Padilla-Brown. William is a Certified Permaculture Designer. Will has been studying Fungi and Growing Mushrooms for 5 years. For the past 4 years William has been studying and applying sustainable practices. Over the past year Will has educated both children and adults in Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, Delaware, New York, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Will operates 2 Mushroom microfarm facilities producing Oyster & Lions Mane year round, and works on experimental Urban MicroFarms. He has studied Fungi with his mentor Tradd Cotter, and workshops from Fungi for the People! Will organizes an annual mushroom festival in Pennsylvania, is a contributing editor for Fungi Magazine and a returning speaker at the Telluride Mushroom Festival.
There will also may be some Guest Speakers from the MycoSymbiotics crew
Immersion F.E.E. and What you Get
F.E.E. Stands for Fair Energy Exchange, like the fungi we do our best to make sure we have a fair give and take.
The Immersion includes
Local Organic Vegetarian Lunch & Dinner for all 3 days
Access to Fresh Glass Bottled Local Spring Water
5 Mushroom Cultures to take home
Worms to start a Vermi-Bin
Free off and on site Tent Camping w/ Kitchen Amenities (Depending on Season)
Rent a Room on site sliding scale ($25-$75) depending on what you can afford *Limited*
Quality Inn New Cumberland – Harrisburg South
Budget Inn New Cumberland
(We will have a chauffeur to take people to class and back to there resting locations)
The Kingdom Mycota boasts some of the most Versatile, Highly Adaptive, Ancient, and Sentient beings in all the Realm. Fungi are the decomposers and composers of biological life.The Mysterious Mycota lies invisible to most, but holds an expansive and vibrant history in Human cultures across the Planet. The first mushrooms cultivated in 600 a.d. in China the Wood Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae), followed later in 1100 A.D. by the Shiitake (Lentinula Edodes). Western culture didn’t catch up until 1700’s when the French accidentally discovered how to grow Button Mushrooms (Agaricus Bisporus). Mushroom culture has taken a skyrocket over the past 100 years with advancements such as sawdust cultivation in 1928 by Hikosaburo Morimoto! Sawdust cultivation paved the way for urban cultivation, although the method did not catch on until the 70’s, and urban cultivation didn’t take off until the 90’s . As Urban Mycologist we play the role of Citizen Scientist, Producers, and Independent Recycling facilities. The Ultimate Trash to Treasure, Fungi thrives on Urban wastes such as coffee grounds, sawdust, woodchips, and your kitchen scraps!
Fungi are a great inexpensive food source. All mushrooms are nutraceutical which means they are a food containing medicinal properties and health benefits! Mushrooms are a great source of protein with some mushrooms like the Button coming in at 40% protein dry!
Fungi were the first organisms on land some eating and leaching minerals from rocks helping create the first soils, from this point they engaged every biological life form, forming intricate relationships with plants. With plants reaching up for sunlight a harmony like no other happened, the fungi couldn’t photosynthesize but through their cells like us could create vitamin D. With access to sunlight massive amounts of energy began to be gathered by plants and stored in the soil by the fungi. Interesting things happened in the soil as the fungi protected its new plant symbiants, they composed complex soil societies facilitating beneficial bacteria and deterring viruses, from this evolved more life from the soils the micro became macro all in symphony of the orchestrating Fungi! With new macro organisms eating plants and each other Nature evolved rapidly until about 8,000 years ago the dawn of civilization began building semi permanent systems disregarding nature. Here we are now in systems that inherently damages natural systems at every turn. It is time to team with Fungi!
During our Spring-Fall Immersions feel free to stay an extra day with us as we travel to Pine Grove Furnace! Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains lies Laurel Lake a Beautiful Natural Spring and Pole Steeple! Pole Steeple’s summit along with the rest of South Mountain was created during the collision that created Pangaea as North America slammed into the continent of Africa. Enjoy the ancient wisdom an Magnificent views as we Forray Mushrooms, forage wild edible, and hike the Appalachian Trail!
If you Have Questions Feel Free to Contact us Anytime
Some Pictures and Video from Our Classes