Yesterday we hosted our first mushroom growing class for 2018 at Foodish in Belconnen Markets, ACT. Peter and I lead our convivial participants who seemed to love eating mushrooms and were keen to become home growers, through a few different methods for growing. We made bags with sawdust and magnificent pearl oyster mushroom, tubs of straw and pink oyster mushroom, and demonstrated wood inoculation with shiitake dowels. Foodish and Fungi Co are also collaborating with a Canbe
US artists and farmers Mei-Ling Hom and David McClelland ran a workshop at BigCi Bilpin 10/2 to an eager group of fungi growers, foragers, designers, artists, engineers, and writers. David and Mei-Ling stepped is through fungi basics, Mei-Ling's installation art pieces and their move to growing art forms, namely straw structures filled with Pleurotus spp. used for mycoremediation and harvesting. Mei-Ling's forms were beautifully designed constructed and realised. They also na
Reishi is a medicinal mushroom used as a health tonic and to boost immune function. Fungi Co grow indigenous strains of reishi, Ganoderma spp. for use as a potential mycomaterial as its mycelium is very tough, weight bearing and hardy and also for the home grower to grow their own medicinal mushrooms. Reishi grows in fantastical ways looking like ribbed antlers from a Dr Seuss creature or a wooden mushroom or a little desert hill growing from a vertical surface at Fungi Co h
Omphalina is my natural dyes mushroom goddess display. Her nameko dyed top depicts mycelium growing and is made from wool dyed with an alcohol extract of an infamous mushroom from Victoria. Her hair is made from reishi, and shimeji dyes with a fascinator of dried pink oyster mushroom, shimeji and pycnoporus, an indigenous mushroom and a great dye. She will join us on our travels in 2018 with her curly locks and fungi fashions.