Books to encourage your own personal growth

Continue to stimulate your own growth and understanding by reading the following books we've found both helpful and inspiring.

Radical Mycology A Treatise on Seeing & Working with Fungi

Peter McCoy speaks on behalf of the fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented organisms in the web of life. A self-taught mycologist with 16 years of accumulated study and experience, Peter is an original founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and open-source mycology advocacy movement, and of MYCOLOGOS, the world's first online and in-person mycology school. Peter is the lead cultivation expert for the Amazon Mycorenewal Project and Open Source Ecology. Apart from his work with fungi, he is also a community organizer, street medic, zinester, artist, musician, lecturer, and teacher. From his mushroom homestead in Portland, OR, Peter’s daily practice centers on cultivating, researching, and foraging for new intersections between healthy human and fungal relations. For more information on Peter and his courses on mycology and mushroom cultivation, visit Mycologos.world and RadicalMycology.com.

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Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation by Tradd Cotter

With innovative new methods for urban and off grid growing, making mushroom infused beers, morel cultivation, and more.

What would it take to grow mushrooms in space? How can mushroom cultivation help us manage, or at least make use of, invasive species such as kudzu and water hyacinth and thereby reduce dependence on herbicides? Is it possible to develop a low cost and easy to implement mushroom growing kit that would provide high quality edible protein and bioremediation in the wake of a natural disaster?

How can we advance our understanding of morel cultivation so that growers stand a better chance of success?

For more than twenty years, mycologist Tradd Cotter has been pondering these questions and conducting trials in search of the answers. In Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, Cotter offers readers an indepth exploration of best organic mushroom cultivation practices, shares the results of his groundbreaking research, and offers creative ways to apply cultivation skills—whether the goal is to help a community clean up industrial pollution or simply to settle down at the end of the day with a cold Reishi infused homebrew ale.

The book guides readers through both indoor and outdoor cultivation.

Covered skills include:

Integrating woodchip beds spawned with king stropharia into your garden;
Building a "trenched raft" of hardwood logs plugged with shiitake spawn; and,
Producing oysters indoors on spent coffee grounds in a 4by4 space or on pasteurized sawdust in vertical plastic columns.
For those who aspire to the self sufficiency gained by generating and expanding spawn rather than purchasing it, Cotter covers lab techniques, including low cost alternatives that make use of existing infrastructure and materials.

Cotter also provides readers with insight into his groundbreaking research cultivating morels both indoors and out, "training" mycelium to respond to specific contaminants, and perpetuating spawn on cardboard without the use of electricity. Readers will discover information on making tinctures, powders, and mushroom infused honey; making an antibacterial mushroom cutting board; and growing mushrooms on your old denim jeans.

“This book is much more than a cultivation guide. It is about healing the people and the planet, one mushroom and one cultivator at a time, reversing destructive cycles into creative forces” writes Cotter in the introduction.

“If we think with an opportunistic yet minimalistic approach, much like a mushroom, taking what it needs to survive and then returning resources to its ecosystem so they can be used by others, the future looks like somewhere I want to be.”

Geared toward readers who want to grow mushrooms without the use of pesticides, Cotter takes "organic" one step further by introducing an entirely new way of thinking—one that looks at the potential to grow mushrooms on just about anything, just about anywhere, and by anyone.

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The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America

In The Fungal Pharmacy, noted herbalist Robert Rogers introduces readers to more than 300 species of medicinal mushrooms and lichens found in North America. These fungi, Rogers explains, have the capacity to heal both the body and, through the process of myco-remediation, the planet itself. Throughout the book, he documents their success in optimizing the immune system and treating a wide range of acute and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and liver problems, blood sugar disorders, cancer, and obesity.

Entries discuss the mushroom or lichen’s medicinal traits and properties, including active chemical components, preparation methods (including extracts, essences, and essential oils), and historical as well as modern-day usage. Two hundred full-color photos and thorough descriptions make identification easy for the reader. Rogers also delves into the cultural, religious, and literary significance of each mushroom, featuring fascinating tidbits about each one’s etymology and history.

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