Learn about the many cool things you can do with ­mushrooms on Tuesday evenings at the ­Cornerstone Cafe

›› Danielle Stevenson

This March, D.I.Y. Fungi is ­partnering with ­Fernwood NRG to bring this free lecture series to Fernwood. Join us on Tuesdays at 7:00pm at the ­Cornerstone Café to learn about the amazing world of ­mushrooms.

Cool Stuff You Can Do With Fungi
March 10, 2015 (Beginner level)Growing your own mushrooms is an easy way to boost your home-grown ­nutrition, grow your own medicine, and deal with your household waste. You can break down your cigarettes, filter your greywater, make your own tempeh, grow ­mushrooms on waste materials, and so much more. This workshop will offer an overview of some of the cool stuff you can do with fungi at your home or apartment.
Intro to Mycoremediation
March 17, 2015 (Intermediate level)Have you heard that mushrooms can break down oil, eat plastic, and clean up ­radiation? This workshop will discuss how fungi can break down ­chemical ­pollutants including oil, pesticides, and even Agent Orange; suck up heavy ­metals and ­radiation; filter water; break down asphalt; and initiate and ­support many ­lifecycles that regenerate healthy ­ecosystems. We will talk through some specific applications, including how to filter water and detoxify contaminated soil with fungi.
 Mushroom Companions for the Garden and Farm
March 24, 2015 (All levels)This lecture highlights three super garden companion mushrooms – King Stropharia, Elm Oyster and Shaggy Mane – which can boost plant growth, control pests, and build healthy soil ecosystems. We’ll also walk you through how to make a mushroom bed, mushroom pathways, and companion plant mushrooms within your veggie beds, and clarify the amazing role of Mycorhizal fungi in the garden and orchard.


Learn more about this lecture series at ­fernwoodnrg.ca/­fernwood-university/.

Danielle Stevenson, D.I.Y. Fungi

Danielle Stevenson is a fungi ­enthusiast with 3 years of mushroom ­cultivation ­experience, and a background in permaculture, organic food production, and ­community-based work towards food sovereignty. She recently launched D.I.Y. Fungi to offer educational workshops and mushroom cultures (a.k.a. “spawn”) for people of all ages to grow their own fungal food and medicine at their homes, gardens, and farms. She is especially excited about the potential to work with fungi, plants, and microbes to regenerate the land and water in a process known as “­Bioremediation.” Learn more at diyfungi.wordpress.com. When she isn’t “­spawning” (cultivating mushroom spawn), she is busy ­coordinating LifeCycles’ Growing Schools ­program, and the Coalition of Neighborhood Houses’ Food Access program.