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Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course


This September, join Radical Mycology co-founder Peter Mccoy at SixTwelve for a 20-hour intensive on the art, science, and regenerative applications of mushroom cultivation.

Designed for the beginner as well as the experienced grower, this Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course is one of the most up-to-date and accessible courses of its kind, all taught by a leader in the applied mycology field. Founded on the principles of Radical Mycology, this course will teach you not only the life skills of fruiting mushrooms and growing mycelium (spawn), but also how to integrate fungi into any regenerative urban or rural lifestyle. Using an easy to follow format and an emphasis on practices that minimize waste, cost, and complexity, this class will leave you empowered to start cultivating mushrooms anywhere and on any budget.

Throughout the Course, Peter will explain his personal approach to cultivating fungi for food, medicine, and soil health. Through a variety of hands-on activities and in-depth explorations of fungal biology and ecology, you will learn both the how of cultivation and—more importantly—the why behind its many practices. With this combination of concepts and skills covered, you will leave this course equipped with effective growing protocols as well as the design principles needed to adapt any mushroom cultivation project to fit your needs.

Whether you want to grow your own nutrient-dense mushrooms for food or as a potent natural medicine, or you plan to start a mushroom-based business, this course will cover the core skills you need to hit the ground running.

Topics Covered

Mushroom Cultivation Fungamentals

•  The fascinating biology, ecology, and history of the Fungal Kingdom
•  The core principles that underlie the art and science of cultivation
•  Aseptic (“sterile”) practices with agar, grains, straw, compost, and woody materials
•  The industry secret of liquid mushroom inoculum and its many applications
•  Place-based resource management and systems design principles
•  Lab and fruiting environment designs for home-, farm-, or community-scale projects
•  Appropriate, low-cost, and low-tech cultivation methods and tools
•  Planning and preparation to make things easy
•  Tool making and improvisation
•  Growing wild mushrooms

Appropriate Applications of Fungi

•  Medicinal mushroom processing and extraction for maximum potency
•  Outdoor mushroom garden design and installation
•  Fungal integration into various permaculture-inspired sustainable living systems
•  Mycoremediation chemistry and design concepts
•  Supporting and diversifying fungal-plant relationships

Extra Myco-Skills

•  Building soil health with mycorrhizal fungi
•  Wild mushroom identification
•  Resources & much more!

Sunday ends with hands-on outdoor installations

Earlier Event: September 8
St. Baldrick's Trivia Night at SixTwelve
Later Event: September 23
New Victory Gardens Tour