Join us with Radical Mycology author Peter McCoy for a unique workshop on how to use fungi and mushrooms effectively in your permaculture designs, projects and thinking. Suitable for anyone wanting to work with fungi in their permaculture projects, from beginner to advanced.
This weekend will include super accessible mushroom cultivation techniques, exploring medicinal applications and wildcrafting, through to mycoremediation and more .
You will learn how to reduce waste, grow food and medicine, and heal soil and people – and all with fungi.
Held at Milkwood’s home base, the iconic permaculture property Melliodora designed by David Holmgren, course participants will be making, culturing, learning and growing for the weekend in the setting of one of the best and oldest examples of temperate permaculture homestead design.
You will leave this course full of new ideas and skills for increasing resiliency by effectively integrating fungi into any home, garden, or landscape design.
This course will cover:
- Fungal biology and ecology
- Historical contexts and future prospects of fungi
- Potential roles of fungi in holistic design projects
- Easy ways to cultivate fungi
- liquid culture
- spawn culture
- bulk mycelium techniques
- mycorrhizal fungi cultivation
- outdoor design concepts for mushroom growing
- medicinal extracts
- growing mushrooms on coffee grounds
- growing mushrooms on logs
- installation of a outdoor mushroom garden design
Who is this course for?
This course is for permaculture designers and practitioners who want a hands-on understanding of fungi and how it can be integrated into their backyard, farm scale and community designs and projects.
This course is also for mushroom growers, tinkerers, foragers and fanciers who want to expand their knowledge of on-the-ground applications for the wide world of fungi, with Peter McCoy – author of Radical Mycology.
Is this kinda the same as your Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation course?
No, this course is one-off! Our Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation courses are entirely cultivation focussed, and very detailed in that particular aspect. This course covers much more design for integrating non-commercial scale mushroom growing into homesteads, small farms, community gardens and mycoremediation projects – using fungi to de-toxify soil and landscapes.
This course will also delve into medicinal mushrooms and how to extract their properties for the home medicine cabinet. We’ll also be working outside in the gardens of Melliodora, learning how to design and install a range of garden-based mushroom cultures.
Included in this course:
We’ll send you home with a swag of cultures and fungi-related ingredients to get you started, as well as extensive post-course e-resources. Your course also includes a local harvest vegetarian lunch spread each day – as well as refreshments and hot drinks during the course.
Peter’s book Radical Mycology will be available for purchase during the course.
About your teacher:
Peter McCoy is a self-taught mycologist with 16 years of accumulated study and experience. Author of the acclaimed book and network Radical Mycology, Peter is a founder of Mycologos, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the many ways to work with fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. Peter is the lead cultivation expert for the Amazon Mycorenewal Project and the mycology advisor to Open Source Ecology and Permaculture Magazine North America.
Apart from his work with fungi, he is also a community organizer, artist, musician, lecturer, and teacher. From his mushroom homestead in Portland, OR, Peter’s daily practice centres on cultivating, researching, and foraging for new intersections between healthy human and fungal relations.
About the venue:
This course will be held at Milkwood’s home base in Hepburn, VIC. For the outdoor sessions, we’ll be working in the gardens and surrounds of Melliodora, the iconic permaculture homestead founded by David Holmgren and Su Dennett.
For classroom sessions, we’ll use our local school hall, which is two doors up from Melliodora. More information about the venue, getting there, and accommodation options…
Booking into this workshop
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- 02 5300 4473
Getting there:The address of Hepburn Primary School is: 156 Main Road, Hepburn 3461. It's 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne, and there's plenty of parking at the school. Or there's trains and buses to get you there that can drop you at the door - use the PTV trip planner.
StayingCamping: The two closest official camping areas to Hepburn School are Mt Franklin campground (10 minutes drive, free camping) and Jubilee Lake campground (15 mins drive, fees apply).Other picnic grounds that we love and recommend close by are Bryce's Flat (down Bald Hill Road, 5 mins drive) and Tiperary Springs (off midland highway, 10 mins drive) - here's a map of the Hepburn Regional park and all it's picnic grounds.Accommodation: Hepburn Springs has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets, some of which are walking distance from the venue. And just 3 km up the road, Daylesford has even MORE accommodation options. It's a very good place to spend a weekend.We love the local Mooltan Guest House, our friends Meg + Patrick's permaculture love shack in Daylesford, Kim's Redwood Studio just down the road in Hepburn, or check out Air Bnb or local directories like DayGet.There are many lovely walking trail and lakes in the area, and of course the Hepburn Springs Bathhouse, as well as all the public springs (take a bottle and fill it up!).Local food options are many - highlights include Awkward Jeffrey in Daylesford who do a great local breakfast, our nearest cafe the Blue Bean has live music fri/sat/sun nights, there's The Surly Goat just up the road, loads of great eateries in Daylesford and if you're into vino make sure you swing by Wine and the Country for a glass of something awesome.
- 02 5300 4473
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