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mushroom morel

Anna and I went to a couple of incredible lectures on mycoremeditaion and mycoforestry this weekend by Tradd Cotter at the Asheville growers school.

Mr Cotter gave a riveting talk on the importance of mushrooms in our ecosystem and how we can use low tech methods to give your fungi a helping hand. He sells bulk spawn, plugs, kits, extracts and supplies at his website Mushroom, which has become our new source for everything fungus related.

MushroomMountain guy Tradd's full classroom 2011
Not only did the seats fill up on Sunday's talk, but the floor filled up and I even saw a few people standing in the hallway listening. Clearly his passion for mushrooms is contagious and with any luck it will spread just like the mycelium from which this magical fruit is born from.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Mycology is one of those subjects that's been on periphery of my interests for awhile awaiting the proper intersection of information and gumption! I've looked into it various times in the past and have come away a little overwhelmed with the methods and equipment some folks employ. Just as soon as I get my bees squared away in their posh new European styled digs time should free up to look into the subject more in depth. I appreciate your low-tech and DIY approach to things in general. Thanks for the pointers!


Comment by Dean Mon Mar 7 10:56:16 2011
I think you'll like our lunchtime series for next week. It's going to be all about low tech ways to grow your own mushrooms. You might also consider signing up for one of Tradd's workshops this spring. They're pricey ($150 for an all-day affair, I believe), but his talks cut through all of the confusion and mystery that still surrounded mushroom-growing in my head after reading half a dozen books. A great way to jump-start your journey!
Comment by anna Mon Mar 7 11:45:13 2011
I remember, albeit vaguely, hunting morrels with my grandfather when I was barely a teenager...since moving to colorado the hardwood and mushroom opportunities have practically disappeared.
Comment by Moontree Ranch Wed Mar 9 13:19:20 2011
We stumble across morels now and then, but have never made a concerted effort to hunt them down. Maybe this year! Abundant mushrooms are definitely one of the advantages of our moist climate.
Comment by anna Wed Mar 9 14:31:02 2011

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