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Coffee, Compost and Conversation @ Sarvodaya Farms
Sat, March 11, 2017, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST
This Month's Conversation: Mushrooms for Health & Cultivation
Why are people saying mushrooms are going to "save the world"? What are fungi doing in our landscapes, our petri dishes and our cells? What are ways that soil biologists, mycologists, and the general public can collaborate to bring about healing among the many layers of biological life? The LA Mushroom Cooperative is eager to discuss its humble origin-story, and to answer questions about the science of mycology. We will get into the "nitty gritty" of using mushrooms for personal and environmental health, the challenges and opportunities of working with fungi, and hopefully inspire you to join us in some Radical Mycology.
LA Mushroom Cooperative (LAMC) began in 2015 and is being founded by mushroom cultivation friends in Los Angeles to spread fungal culture, spore and mycelial cultures in our great metropolis. The Co-op fosters a revival of social relationships with, scientific literature and lore about, as well as applied skills related to our Fungal Queendom. Specifically, LAMC maintains a focus on education and propagation for food, mushroom nutritional properties for human healing, environmental, and economic remediation. In respect for the mycelial web and model of sharing and complex relationships inherent in fungal life, LAMC is being founded as a democratically-run, Worker-Owner cooperative under California law AB 816.
They can be found on Facebook and Instagram as LA Mushroom Coop. The workshop will be lead by Paula Peng, James Oliver, and Maxwell Roth.
Paula Peng is a Taiwanese-Eurasian American artist, singer and Permaculturalist who came to Radical Mycology after experiencing the healing power of medicinal mushrooms. Inspired by taking a RadMyc cultivation course in 2014 and first successes working with fungi, she began a search for LAMC cofounders in 2015.
James Oliver is a tissue culturist at USC, philosopher, educator, and Mexican American. Born and raised in LA, he came to the world of fungi by living in the Pacific Northwest and seeking treatment for his type-1 diabetes. After being moved by Radical Mycology, the notable effects of medicinal fungi on his disease, and the beauty of the Old Growth forest, James joined LAMC co-founders in 2016.
Maxwell Roth is a neuroscience laboratory technician at USC and citizen mushroom scientist. He enjoys meowing at cats, fermentation at large, farming and foraging in the city, and growing mushrooms.
COFFEE, COMPOST AND CONVERSATION!
A Community Potluck Brunch and Gathering
hosted by The Growing Club & 3Coffee LA
Upcoming Coffee, Compost, and Conversation for 2017 will continue on the 2nd Saturday of the month!
Coffee, Compost, and Conversation (CCC) is an open-to-the-public event meant to bring our community together for a wonderful morning at our beautiful farm! We have been working hard to grow lots of organic produce and create a beautiful space for our community to enjoy, so come on over and have brunch with us and learn about composting!
10:00-10:15 - Welcome to the Sarvodaya Farms
10:15-10:45 - Compost Demonstration
Compost Queen Lynn Fang will be doing a Composting Demonstration with food waste brought by CCC attendees (see the notes on what to bring)
10:45-11:15 Coffee & Potluck Brunch
We will be serving LA roasted, sustainably grown & traded coffee provided by our friends at 3Coffee LA. Brunch will be a potluck eaten together on Sarvodaya Farms Drive.
11:15-12:00 - Conversation
12:00-12:30 - Mini Farm Tour
If you haven't been to the farm before, we'll be offering a short tour to give new guests a taste of our unique farm.
What to Bring
- Organic Matter - All attendees are REQUIRED (yes, absolutely required!) to bring something to add to our compost pile for our compost demonstration.
* Suggested items for composting include: veggie scraps from your kitchen, fruit peels, leftover food that's been leftover too long, coffee grounds, egg shells, leaves from your trees, fiber leftover from juicing, etc.
* How much should you bring, you might ask? Well, whatever is reasonable for you to carry. The point of this exercise is to get people to realize what resources around them (such as vegetable scraps) are being "wasted" and can instead be put ot beneficial use (like making compost!)
- Food for the Potluck - Please bring a dish to share for our potluck brunch. You can bring anything you like, just bring enough to share. If you are not sure what to bring, here are some suggestions:
* Suggestions for potluck: pancakes, cut fruit, fruit salad, muffins, bread, oatmeal toppings (we will be making oatmeal, a large omelette, frittata, etc.
- Dishes for the Potluck - All Growing Club events are Zero Waste events. We do not use disposable plates, cups, or utensils. Bring your own plates, coffee mugs, and utensils. We will have a sink setup for washing dishes.