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Learn about soil dynamics and how mycelium plays a vital role in this system. While a mushroom is perceivable, mycelium, the "root" structure of mushrooms and other fungi, remains hidden underground, usually going unnoticed. We will talk about how vigorous, tenacious, and magical this structure truly is, and how its sole purpose is dedicated to connecting terrestrial life on earth.
When: Wednesday April 13, 2020
Location: UrbanBeat Event Center-1213 Turner Road Lansing, MI 48906
Here in Michigan, most of us mushroom folk look forward to Morel Season. As Morels can be quite the delicacy, the fact that they come and go so quickly can be disheartening. To ensure you have the proper skills and knowledge on how to hunt for this delicious mushroom, join me for a beginners guide to morel hunting. This presentation will go over the basic anatomy of the mushroom, poisonous lookalikes, their favored environments to grow in and even how to properly harvest/store/cook these tasty morsels.
Perhaps I may even let you in on some of my secret morel hunting locations!
Join us for a funky night revolved around the wacky world of fungi. We will go over some of the weirdest mushrooms out there and how these species are truly bizarre. This galactic journey will take you on a ride through the realm of fungal abilities and behavior.
Kevin Ritchey is hopping on board to play us some funky jams so we can groove the night away.
When: Friday April 10, 2020
Location: Armageddon Beach Party Detroit, MI
Time: 8 pm -12 am
* $10 all night & drinks will be available (donation based bar)
Fungi Freights will be teaming up with Re-Root Pontiac and Casa Pueblo to teach sustainable mushroom cultivation and farming. Casa Pueblo, originating in 1980, is an environmental non profit that has dedicated its work to protecting natural, cultural and human resources in Puerto Rico (PR). Spending decades on environmental awareness and health, they have fought and won many battles for the people and environment of PR.
We will be bringing knowledge on fungi and mushroom farming to this organization to add to their sustainable mission and growth.
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.
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
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.)
"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
Fungi In Environmental Restoration and Remediation with Leif Olson
September 19, 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
Location: Wayne State University, Student Center - Rm. 285
5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI
Dyeing with Mushrooms
May 25, 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
We hope you will join us for a day of exploration into the colorful world of Fungi!
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
Liquid Culture Cultivation
March 22, 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.