We also offer seminars devoted to the study of fungi and will be announcing our 2013 dates soon. All of these seminars will be held in Denver, Colorado at various venues. For more information, or to sign up for one of the events, please email us here, or visit our ‘book your expedition‘ page for more contact information.
You can also book us in your hometown for a seminar or a tour!
Dates available for booking:
October 9th, 2011-’Capturing Your Wild Mycelium With Sterile and Non-Steirile Techniques’-This seminar will cover the 101′s of how to collect and preserve mushrooms in the field for later culture and demonstrations in a portable clean room/inoculation chamber on the best procedures to get successful sterile cultures from said collections. It will also cover how you can create your own portable clean room/inoculation chamber. We will also talk about non-sterile culture as a stop gap solution to sterile culture when a lab is not present.
October 23th, 2011-’Sustainable and Green Mycology’-This seminar will discuss the many alternatives to heat pasteurization as well as sustainable farming techniques. First we will discuss green methods of mycelial expansion onto bulk substrates. We will then discuss the 8 benefits of ‘Forest Floor Cultivation’, a sustainable farming technique integrating the use of fungi into permaculture concepts. Using biomimicry we will recreate natural growth cycles to cultivate our food just as nature intended. We will also talk about how to eliminate 100% of your post consumer paper waste and turn it into a marketable product.
November 6th, 2011-’Greenhouse/Indoor Mushroom Cultivation’- This will be a hands on workshop where we will create a greenhouse and install a mycogarden using ‘cold water pasteurization’ and the ‘forest floor cultivation’ method. We will also demonstrate how to create a small and inexpensive fruiting chamber for your house. Students will also have the opportunity to make their own spawn to fruit their own mushrooms at home.
November 13th, 2011-’Sterile Technique: The Culture Library’- This will be a hands on workshop where students will learn the techniques required to transfer mycelium from a petri dish to a test tube slant. We will also discuss long term storage methods for your mycelium, cultivation from a spore print, and sectoring. Students will also leave the class with 2 types of mushrooms in test tubes for future cultivation.
December 4th, 2011-’Applications For Mycelium Beyond Mycophagy’- This seminar will focus around the concepts of mycorestoration, mycoremediation, mycofiltration, mycoforestry, mycoagriculture, and mycopesticides. We will also discuss the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms and how they can benefit your health as well as the environment around you. We will also do some hands on activities including making a few different types of mushroom tinctures.
December 12th, 2011-’Mycophagy: The Culture of Eating Fungi’- This seminar will be all about most everyone’s favorite part about studying fungi: eating them! Chef Nick Martinez and the rest of Mycotours will be giving cooking demonstrations throughout the evening. There will also be a lecture featuring the different culture surrounding the consumption of mushrooms from all over the world. Hope you are hungry!
Our good friend Jason Schindler, whom we met at the Radical Mycology Convergence this year in Concrete, Washington is also offering seminars in Oregon for all who are interested:
Fungi For the People of Eugene, Oregon
Offering education, supplies, mushroom kits, and field trips for mushroom lovers. Hands-on workshops give you the guidance to identify and isolate fungi from the wild. We then grow then both inside and outdoors, making fungi an integral part of any lifestyle.
Fungi 101: Basic training on fungi life cycle and introduction to fungi of the city and forest. You will also learn how to identify and safely pick over 20 species of fungi.
Mushrooms in the Garden: Learn the many applications for using fungi in the garden and greenhouse. A hands-on course for integrating fungi into your world. No prior mushroom knowledge required, this class is all about getting to know fungi and learning to interact with them in the real world.
Introduction to Culturing Fungi: Learn to capture fungal tissue from the wild and nurture healthy mycelia for the use in the garden and for growing mushrooms as food and medicine using low-tech techniques.
Jason also offers custom tailored workshops at your place! “Lets figure out what you need or want to make happen. It’s fun to work with what you have and start mushroom projects that really work for you.” -Jason Schindler
These workshops are lead by Jason Schindler of Eugene, Oregon, an amateur mycologist who has been dedicated to studying fungi for the past 8 years. From mushroom harvesting to working on a production farm, initiating mycoremediation projects and developing new low-tech mushroom culturing techniques, Jason has many skills to offer. He is passionate about fungi and eager to share what he has learned.
If you would like to contact Jason email him at Fungiforthepeople@gmail.com, or give him a call at (586) 321-9727 to schedule an appointment or lecture.