Mushroom Miracles

How could we resist adding a Native Plant Hike to the schedule?
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Community Homestead Day

This Saturday, August 30th

This event is to call the diversity of our community to share in a village atmosphere of fun and productivity.  All ages are invited to join us for a casual day of seasonal homesteading activity and earth building.  We will be focusing on processing local fruit!  More Details here.  Please RSVP

Native Plant Hike

Sunday Sept 7, 10am to Noon

Spend a couple hours getting to know our local plants and enjoying the land.  The wildflowers are incredible this year!  Please RSVP
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Ampersand is now offering Sustainability Education for the classrooom!  5th grade and up.  Learn more here.

Mushroom Miracles

The first miracle was that Peter McCoy, one of the founders of Radical Mycology, even made it out to our off grid site with his giant cultivation equipment laden RV. We do suggest high clearance vehicles for the trip down our road. Peter's RV seemed to be millimeters from the ground, wires dragging in the dirt. But apparently he didn't scrape the bottom once. This was the first miraculous mushroom occurrence.

It seems Northern New Mexico is bursting at the seams for mushroom cultivation information. We could only fit 30 people for this indoor presentation, so a long waiting list developed and folks who had not registered were bold enough to show up anyway and offer to sit outside the door and strain their ears. The Radical Mycology class was incredible. We desert dwellers learned about things like coffee grain bucket spawn, spore slurry, and growing mycelium over grains as a harvest-able product in itself.

Here in the arid southwest mushrooms don't jump to mind as an abundant resource. Of course they do exist, micro-climates can be created, and a trip up to the mountains this time of year will reveal the abundance that is available at higher elevations.

It turns out that even here in the desert there is a network of mushroom enthusiasts who remain undercover most of the time. This mushroom cultivation event was a fruiting of this cultural mycelium. Ampersand and Radical Mycology managed to create the right conditions to create a fruiting body. The mycelium is always there, underground and unseen, growing and making connections, redistributing resources throughout the ecosystem. Ampersand made for the fertile ground...Read more of this post

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