Urban Mushroom Farmer Training
Next Training March 16th-19th, 2017
New Cumberland/Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
"As above so below" - Hermes Trismegistus
Our Trainings are for those ready to immerse themselves in fungal culture! Four 10hr 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 is $450 standard $350 for Students RSVP here. Diversity Scholarships and Work Trades available email MycoSymbiotics@gmail.com
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)