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Urban Myco Design Course


Our Training

Our Training is for those ready to immerse themselves in fungal culture! Three 9hr intensive days(w/breaks for lunch and dinner), covering what it takes to work with fungi and in turn cultivate them. Small class size ensures everyone is addressed, and encourages communication between participants which can be very helpful. We will go through a series of presentations, and hands on workshops. Our Training will be held in Mechanicsburg & Lemoyne, Pennsylvania on Permaculture Designed Properties.

What We Cover

-Intro to Fungi, fungal biology, anatomy, and what mushrooms are.

-Effective and Inexpensive Home Labs and Lab practice. How to make a Still Air GloveBox. How to culture fungi. How to Clone mushrooms. Sterile Environments and HEPA filters. Equipment you will need, and where to get it.

–Cultivation Processes of expanding your culture to liquid, grain, and sawdust, Fruiting chambers and rooms. Lo Tech No Tech Methods

–MycoRemediation Theory, History, Safe Application and Monitoring. Citizen Science

– Mushroom Culture, History, Societal Implications

– Nutraceutical Mushrooms, How to make your own extracts, How you can benefit from mushroom teas, Unique medicinal application.

–MycoPermaculture using fungi in whole systems design. Ecological design with Fungi in Mind!

–Creating Complex Bio-Soils and Micro Environments by feeding your Fungal Wastes to Red Wiggler Worms, and Beatles.

Learning Environment

We will be both inside and outside 2 Permaculture Homesteads. We will be facilitating hands on workshops, and powerpoint presentations. You may get messy if you want. We will get a chance to work in a clean room, lab, and fruiting facility. Depending on time of year and weather we may be inside the whole time.

Classes will be no more than 20 people to make sure everyone gets addressed!

Our Intensive will be led by William Padilla-Brown. William is a Certified Permaculture Designer. Will has been studying Fungi and Growing Mushrooms for 7 years. For the past 6 years William has been studying and applying sustainable practices. Will has educated both children and adults in person in over 16 states. Will operates a Mushroom microfarm facility producing Oyster, Lions Mane, and Cordyceps year round, and works on experimental Urban MicroFarms. He has studied Fungi with his mentor Tradd Cotter, and workshops from Fungi for the People! Will organizes an annual mushroom festival in Pennsylvania, is a contributing editor for Fungi Magazine and a returning speaker at the Telluride Mushroom Festival.

There will also may be some Guest Speakers from the MycoSymbiotics crew

Immersion F.E.E. and What you Get

F.E.E. Stands for Fair Energy Exchange, like the fungi we do our best to make sure we have a fair give and take.

The Immersion is $350 standard $250 for Students RSVP by buying your ticket today! Diversity Scholarships and Work Trades available email MycoSymbiotics@gmail.com (Refunds accepted until a week before the class)

The Immersion includes

-Access to Fresh Glass Bottled Local Spring Water

-5 Mushroom Cultures to take home

-Worms to start a Vermi-Bin

-A Workbook

-Rent a Room on site sliding scale ($25-$75) depending on what you can afford *Limited*

Other Lodging

Air BNB New Cumberland/Lemoyne/Camp Hill

Quality Inn New Cumberland – Harrisburg South

Budget Inn New Cumberland

Why Fungi?

The Kingdom Mycota boasts some of the most Versatile, Highly Adaptive, Ancient, and Sentient beings in all the Realm. Fungi are the decomposers and composers of biological life.The Mysterious Mycota lies invisible to most, but holds an expansive and vibrant history in Human cultures across the Planet. The first mushrooms cultivated in 600 a.d. in China the Wood Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae), followed later in 1100 A.D. by the Shiitake (Lentinula Edodes). Western culture didn’t catch up until 1700’s when the French accidentally discovered how to grow Button Mushrooms (Agaricus Bisporus). Mushroom culture has taken a skyrocket over the past 100 years with advancements such as sawdust cultivation in 1928 by Hikosaburo Morimoto! Sawdust cultivation paved the way for urban cultivation, although the method did not catch on until the 70’s, and urban cultivation didn’t take off until the 90’s . As Urban Mycologist we play the role of Citizen Scientist, Producers, and Independent Recycling facilities. The Ultimate Trash to Treasure, Fungi thrives on Urban wastes such as coffee grounds, sawdust, wood chips, and your kitchen scraps!

Fungi are a great inexpensive food source. All mushrooms are nutraceutical which means they are a food containing medicinal properties and health benefits! Mushrooms are a great source of protein with some mushrooms like the Button coming in at 40% protein dry.

If you Have Questions Feel Free to Contact us Anytime

MycoSymbiotics@gmail.com (717) 557.3774

Earlier Event: October 5
Mushroom City Art Festival
Later Event: December 4
Young Farmers Conference