In coordination with the Cal Poly Agroecology Club, this project is growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms using a poly-cultural growing style which is designed to enhance soil health and enrich plants. We have just finished building a propagation lab and a solar powered bulk pasteurizer so that interested students can grow their own mushrooms from scratch!

Why are mushrooms and other fungi important?
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It is becoming apparent that the effects of current farming methods are rapidly deteriorating the health and integrity of both farmlands and ecosystems. Currently we are systematically destroying soil ecology and making plants increasingly dependent on artificial fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and other artificial chemicals. It is imperative that we begin synergizing current agricultural methods with the underlying ecological systems or else the wide ranging destructive effects may become irreversible. Mushrooms help us do this. Not only are gourmet mushrooms delicious with many healthy medicinal uses, their underground mycelium do much to build and heal soil by breaking down complex hydrocabons (pesticides, herbicides, oil, etc). They also provide highways of nutrition and networks communication which links together a garden into one strong and healthy community.

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The New Mushroom Lab!

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Check out this recent article done by the Fungi Academy on this project.

Click here to learn more about how mushrooms can help save the world!

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Please contact Alexis Montgomery if you would like to know more, or if you would like to get involved in the project.