Radical Mycology with Peter McCoy (PVP080)

Permaculture Voices Radical Mycology Podcast

“Radical Mycology is a movement and social philosophy based on accessibly teaching the importance of mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological health. Radical Mycology differs from classical mycology in that classical mycology generally focuses on taxonomy, identification, mycophagy (eating mushrooms), and the more personal benefits of working with fungi while Radical Mycology is about using fungi for the benefit of larger communities and the world.

As a concept, Radical Mycology is based on the belief that the lifecycles of fungi and their interactions in nature serve as powerful learning tools for how humans can best relate to each other and steward the world they live in.” Radical Mycology

Mushroom Cultivation for Remediation

This introductory text guides you through the core skills and concepts needed to begin cultivating large quantities of mycelium for the purposes of fungal remediation (aka mycoremediation) work. This text covers some of the simplest, cheapest, and quickest ways to grow vigorous mycelium with a minimum of sanitary precautions. The techniques covered are also explored and elaborated upon in a 3-part video entitled Mushroom Cultivation for Remediation.


The link to the guide.




Training Mushrooms to Remediate Cigarette Filters

Mushroom Cultivation for Remediation – Part 1, Liquid

Mushroom Cultivation for Remediation – Part 2, Grains

Mushroom Cultivation for Remediation – Part 3, Sawdust

Make Bulk Chip Spawn Easier

Amateur Mycologist Makes New Mushroom-Plant Companion Discovery

“Radical Mycology’s long time friend, Pat Rasmussen with Edible Forest Gardens in Olympia, made an incredible amateur mycological discovery the other day. Pat regularly installs perennial gardens in the Olympia area, often with the Elm Oyster mushroom (Hypsizygus ulmarius) as a potential companion for the plants. But when a local big-name mushroom farm accidentally sent her the wrong kit, she ended up installing the Nameko mushroom (Pholiota nameko) instead. 5 months later, the result were incredible. The perennial Aronia plants (similar to blueberries) planted in the area with the mushroom bed grew over twice as large as those plants grown without the mushroom companion. And the grape plants in the area did much better as well. As with all great scientific discoveries, this accident leads to a new realm of exploration in the field of plant companioning.”

The Link:



Rodale Institute’s Guide to On Farm Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Inoculum Production:

“For the last 8 years, The Rodale Institute has partnered with the USDA-ARS to pioneer an On-Farm AM Fungus Inoculum Production System; a system which would make the economic and environmental benefits of mycorrhizae available to more farmers. Over the years, our trials have focused on developing a low-cost procedure and identifying features to maximize propagule production. Here we summarize what we’ve learned from those years and share everything you need to know to start your own on-farm system.

Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi are the most important mycorrhizae in agricultural ecosystems due to the fact that they colonize the majority of crop plants. Known as “obligate symbionts,” AM fungi must associate with plant roots to survive; it is this association that begins a mutually beneficial between the fungi and the plant. In return for sugars from a plant, the long, thread-like structures of fungi, the hyphae, act as an extension of a plant’s root system and increase a plant’s access to immobile nutrients including phosphorus (P), zinc and copper. While plant root hairs extend 1-2 mm into the soil, the mycorrhiza’s hyphae explore a greater volume of soil and can extend up to 15 cm from the plant’s roots. The relationship between mycorrhizae and crop plants often enhances plant growth and yield, but even when no growth enhancement occurs, the majority of P uptake can be attributed to mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae have also been credited with increasing a plant’s disease resistance, improving a plant’s ability to grow under drought conditions, and improving soil structure.
While some standard agricultural practices including frequent tillage and heavy phosphorus fertilization negatively impact mycorrhizae, many sustainable farming practices can be used to bolster native mycorrhizal fungus populations. Even soils that have been intensively managed for an extended period of time contain populations of mycorrhizae that can be augmented by using cover crops, developing a diverse crop rotation, and growing crops that form a symbiosis with AM fungi.”

The Detailed Guide Link: http://rodaleinstitute.org/a-complete-how-to-on-farm-am-fungus-inoculum-production/The Quick Guide Link:





All American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner

Pressure Canner for Sterilization


Connect with Peter McCoy and Radical Mycology:

Radical Mycology

Radical Mycology on YouTube

You can contact Peter via radmycology at gmail dot com

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