Mushrooms can be used in many ways, even for making every day products, like paper! Unlike the modern way of paper making, we will be making this 100% mushroom paper in a sustainable manner. 

While using ethically harvested polypore mushrooms and DIY equipment, everyone will get to make their very own piece of mushroom paper and go home with the skills to continue the process.

Come learn about the history of paper making and how you can make your very own right at home.

When: TBA

Location: POST

Time: TBA

Mushroom Paper Making

TBA

Interested in learning how to grow your own mushrooms for personal health or savory consumption but don't know where to start? Well you're in luck because this course is beginner friendly!

 

Join us to gain hands on experience with mushroom cultivation. You will learn how to grow your own mushrooms right at home from your everyday waste!

 

When: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Location: Dearborn Public Library

16305 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI.

Time: TBA

Beginner Cultivation Course

March 12, 2020

Fungi Freights will be joining Friends of Fungi, a Mycology Club within the Royal Oak Nature Center, to present a talk on the role fungi play in the environment.

 

This discussion will present how fungi are responsible for decomposition, nutrient sharing and how these abilities help the planet and species thrive. 

When: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

Location: Royal Oak Senior Center

3500 Marais Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073

Time: 7:30 pm

Fungi in the Environment

January 8, 2020

Fungi Freights will be exhibited at the 2019 TEDx Detroit Labs event to share our latest information regarding fungi for community growth, food security and environmental justice and remediation in Detroit. We will be offering a display with hands on activities and data with live materials to better understand mushrooms and other fungi and how they can be incorporated in leading a sustainable future.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Location: Masonic Temple

500 Temple Street, Detroit, MI 48201

Time: 8 am - 6 pm

TEDx Detroit Labs 

November 6, 2019

The Fungal Queendom is often understudied, overlooked and misconstrued. This session will allow you to explore the miraculous, hidden world of Fungi. Here, you will embark on the unknown, the forgotten and often stigmatized world of fungi. Learn how they can heal you, enlighten you, possibly kill you but overall, how they connect life on earth. We will dive into fungal history, species identification (via macro and micro details), DIY cultivation, mushroom dyes, myco-materials and more! Whether it's curiosity or interest, we are here to answer all your fungal questions. Come learn with us and explore the weird and fascinating world of fungi!

This event is FREE

Location: Tangent Gallery & Hastings Street Ballroom- 715 E Milwaukee Ave, Detroit 48202

Time: 5:15-6:15 pm

Queendom Fungi

September 27, 2019

Yad Ezra and Fungi Freights are joining forces yet again to teach a DIY Fungi workshop where we will demonstrate how you can grow your very own mushrooms right at home! 

​This step by step workshop will give you a thorough idea of how the mushroom life cycle takes place and how these beautiful pink oyster mushrooms can be grown from waste materials from your everyday life! 

We hope you join us! 

​​Location : 2850 W. 11 Mile, Berkley, MI (Parking off Robina St.)

Time : 6-8pm

$15

For questions & RSVP: Stathis@yadezra.org

Pretty in Pink

DIY Pleurotus djamor (pink oyster mushroom) workshop

September 23, 2019

"While fungi are known for their remarkable mushrooms, they perform many roles in the environment that make them great for enhancing the quality of the landscape. From improving soil fertility to water filtration to breaking down toxins and improving plant health, fungi can provide a range of benefits to your yard, garden, farm, neighborhood or city.  Come learn practical methods for using fungi in your landscape to increase its health and resiliency, including:

 

  • Improving soil health with decomposer fungi

  • Adding beneficial mycorrhizal fungi to plants

  • Breaking down paper and other urban wastes into soil

  • Enhancing fungal diversity in compost

  • How to look for fungi and other soil microbes with a microscope

 

Hands on demonstrations will be complemented by group discussions and presentations on the relevant concepts and theories of mycology, mycoremediation and soil science.  All backgrounds and skill levels are welcome including homeowners, gardeners, farmers, researchers, land designers, land managers, curious minds and anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the benefits of fungi in the environment." - Leif Olson


Where: 3327 Farnsworth St., Detroit, Michigan 48211-3023

When: September 21, 2019. 10am-5pm

*there will be an hour lunch break, please bring a lunch if you do not plan to go out to lunch*

To bring: water bottle, notepad, pencil (note taking is encouraged)

gardening gloves, bug spray, comfortable shoes (grass is long)

This is an all day event filled with loads of information. All are welcome to come learn about the roles fungi play maintaining and improving our environment. 

Applied Soil Mycology with Leif Olson

"Improving Land Health with Fungi"

 

September 21, 2019

"The ability of Fungi to break down complex pollutants and tackle various environmental challenges has been known for decades, but the use of fungi for environmental clean up and land management has limited prevalence for several reasons.  In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in the use of fungi for improving land health and a growing popularity of “Mycoremediation”. This talk will provide an overview of the roles fungi play in the environment and how this relates to their potential for improving environmental health including building soil, filtering water, breaking down toxins  controlling pest outbreaks, and enhancing nutrient cycling.  Simple techniques for incorporating fungi into the landscapes will be discussed, as well as current case studies and logistical considerations for designing and implementing mycoremediation projects." - Leif Olson

Free Event

Time: 7-9pm

Location: Wayne State University, Student Center - Rm. 285

5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI

Fungi In Environmental Restoration and Remediation with Leif Olson

September 19, 2019

Color Wheel and Fungi Freights Studio are joining forces to teach about the fascinating art of dyeing with Mushrooms. During this 3 hour workshop we'll go over the basics of mushroom anatomy, identification and the chemistry behind fungal dyes. We’ll then venture outdoors for a short mushroom foray where you’ll learn how and where to find your own dye mushrooms. We'll finish the day with a hands on mushroom dyeing experience and everyone will go home with their very own mushroom dyed skein of Michigan grown and milled wool yarn!

Snacks and Mushroom Tea will be provided!

POST - 14500 Kercheval Street Detroit, MI 48215

3-6pm

We hope you will join us for a day of exploration into the colorful world of Fungi!

Dyeing with Mushrooms 

May 25, 2019

Relax and have a drink at Atwater Brewery while we talk about Detroit and its urban decay which has paved way for restoration. Urban agriculture is on the rise but what are its pros and cons? 

We will go over current environmental situations within Detroit and the impacts on the community. Fungi play a major role within our environment and can enrich soil and our overall health. Come learn how mushrooms can enhance soil conditions, human health and community engagement. 

Science on Tap

April 14, 2019

Come check out our FUNgi booth at the MSU Science Festival this April. We will be set up from 11 am - 4 pm Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Nature Center on Belle Isle, Detroit. 

We will be demonstrating fungi topics like, cultivation, foraging, identification, medicinal mushrooms and even looking under the microscope at fungi and their spores. 

Get hands on experience in all areas. This is a great opportunity to dive deeper into the fungal realm and familiarize yourself with the world of fungi!

MSU Science Festival

April 14, 2019

Yad Ezra and Fungi Freights are joining forces yet again to teach a DIY Fungi workshop where we will demonstrate how you can grow your very own mushrooms right at home! 

​This step by step workshop will give you a thorough idea of how the mushroom life cycle takes place and how oyster mushrooms can be grown from waste materials from your everyday life! 

We hope you join us! 

​​Location : 2850 W. 11 Mile, Berkley (Parking off Robina St.)

Time : 6-8pm

​FREE to current/former clients and EBT holders, sliding scale $5-$10

For questions & RSVP: Stathis@yadezra.org

DIY FUNGI

Grow your own Mushrooms

February 20, 2019

Ethnomycology is the study of historic uses of fungi and their sociological impact. Did you know mushrooms and mankind have been connected since the beginning of civilization? Used by many cultures around the world, they have played an important role in shaping the way we look at life and molding many aspects of it including our diet, health, religion and even our consciousness. 

Come learn about the history of mushrooms and mankind and discuss some reasons behind the modern aversion society has toward our ancient ancestor - the mushroom.

Lets get reconnected with ourselves. 

Sliding scale $5-20.
Donation based bar.
Music by Spaceship Earth​

 

Santa is a Shaman

A Take on Ethnomycology

December 14, 2018

Fungi Freights and Spirit of Hope are teaming up to bring fungi, food and the community together. As the winter season approaches we are thinking ahead about those in need. We want to fill up the Spirit of Hope pantry with food and closet with warm clothing. Please join us December 1st for a talk on Fungi & Food Security and how community mushroom growing can help resolve food scarcity. Please bring canned goods and non perishable foods as well as coats, hats, gloves, blankets and other warm wear to share!

Anything and everything you can contribute is appreciated and will go to those in need.

Together, we can help each other!

Fungi Food Drive

December 01, 2018

This workshop will cover the basic principles of sustainable food security and environmental systems thinking. We will talk about how mushroom farming is a sustainable way to provide food, medicine and remediation to communities while operating in a sustainable manner. By applying systems thinking and basic environmental analysis, we can help solve food scarcity with mushrooms

Radical Mycology Convergence

Fungi & Food Security

October 13, 2018

Join us for a galactic journey through the realm of fungi as we engage and talk about the mysteries, fascinating abilities and the wacky, brilliant world of mushrooms and other fungi! Fungi are the oldest and largest living organism on the planet and have been utilized by human civilizations since the beginning of (wo)mankind. Come get saturated in the fungal spores of knowledge and reunite with your inner fungus! It's going to be a funky, cosmic, mind blowing adventure while learning about the most bizarre-o mushrooms around, followed by music and dancing. We are so happy Fraktyl the Magical Turtle is joining us and the magnificent DJ MOPPY!!!
Hop on the shuttle, we've been waiting for you! 

Drinks will be available!

This event is donation based, we appreciate whatever you are willing donate. Every bit helps us with our mission to spread the spores! 

SCHEDULE -
8:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Performance by Fraktyl The Magical Turtle
9:15 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. - "SPORES ARE FROM SPACE" 
9 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Spacey mushroom jams by DJ Moppy

 

Spores are from Space

September 29, 2018

I'm super excited to teach at the first annual New Moon Mycology Summit taking place in Wingdale, New York this August. My workshop will be on Fungi & Food Security.

The workshop will cover the basic principles of sustainable food security and environmental systems thinking. We will talk about how mushroom farming is a sustainable way to provide food, medicine and remediation to communities while operating in a sustainable manner. By applying systems thinking and basic environmental analysis, we can help solve food scarcity with mushrooms!

New Moon Mycology Summit

Fungi & Food Security

August 11, 2018

Tupperware and coffee, two things most people always have. In this workshop we will incorporate the two to grow delicious oyster mushrooms! Bring your recycled food container whether it was once cool whip, sour cream, yogurt or what have you, and we will fill it with spent coffee grounds and oyster mushroom mycelium. You will go home with your very own oyster mushroom kit! After a few weeks watch them bloom right in your kitchen!

Join us for a workshop based around reuse and recycle tactics and learn how to grow your own mushrooms from materials at home. 

Mushroom Cultivation Lecture + Hands-on Experience

Not Your Moms Tupperware Party

DIY Mushroom Cultivation

July 7, 2018

We will be joining forces with Color Wheel to teach the wondrous art of dyeing with Mushrooms & Lichen. Join us for the day as we engage with natural dyes. The lecture will include basic mushroom anatomy, identification and the chemistry behind fungal dyes. Hands on experience will be offered along with a mushroom foray where we will go over hunting skills on where and how to search for your own dye mushrooms. Everyone will go home with their very own mushroom dyed silk scarf. We hope to see you there!

Dyeing with Mushrooms & Lichen

June 16, 2018

A multitude of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms can be grown on hardwood logs. In this two part workshop an introduction presentation on log cultivation will be given along with a hands on demonstration. Individuals will get the chance to work closely with mushroom plug spawn and learn how to inoculate different mushroom species on hardwood logs. This is a great way to learn how to grow mushrooms at home in your very own garden!

Log Cultivation

May 24, 2017

Liquid Culture's are a great way to grow, spread and expand mycelial growth. In this workshop we will conduct liquid culture cultivation. Students will be taught sterilization techniques, how to make the malt extract agar and how to successfully transfer Pleurotus ostreatus (oyster mushroom) agar wedges to the medium. This step by step process is a great way to familiarize with techniques on how to cultivate mushrooms at home for food and/or medicine. 

Liquid Culture Cultivation

March 22, 2017