Above: some mycelium action in my favorite baking dish
Below: a magical unicorn bouncing off of some yellow oyster mushies
Do you remember the first time you grew anything? I think mine might have been a lima bean plant in preschool... or maybe a cherry tomato? (read: nothing too fancy)
While I don't remember my exact feelings from childhood, my guess is that the feelings resembled what I felt as a 29-year-old "adult" eating the Yellow Oysters that grew on my counter. AMAZING. All it took was a little "benign neglect" and some schooling from Tradd Cotter and Mark Jones.
The first thing I was told at Sharondale Farms in Keswick, VA, was that I needed to recite the mantra, "I am a mushroom." Up to that point, I don't think I have ever recited that sentence. The purpose behind it was to get us thinking critically about what mushrooms want and need to grow.
The lifecycle of the mushroom is absolutely fascinating, and you become intimately aware of it when you cultivate your own mushrooms. I was ignorant to most of it, which is why I wanted to take a crash course in mushroom cultivation.
For me, I am a hyper visual learner. Draw me a picture. Show me with my hands. Workshops are incredibly valuable to me and allow me to interact and learn things. Below are some pictures from the workshop I took at Sharondale Farms.
Mark Jones will be teaming up with Kris Holstrom to bring a mushroom cultivation workshop to Telluride at Kris's beautiful farm. This is something you won't want to miss.
Open-source mycology. That's how we like it, and that's what you'll get with these two. They want you to become a mushroom cultivator.