STOCKSCH 190 M
December 26 – January 20
Instructor: Willie Crosby
Introduction: This class will introduce the kingdom of fungi and explore how we can integrate fungi into our lives. Students will learn skills to find, identify, and cultivate mushrooms. The class will explore different methods of cultivation with varying levels of experience and equipment needed. We will discuss cultivating mushrooms on a homestead level outdoors and work our way to methods of cultivation for a small commercial operation.
Student Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course students will:
- …have the resources and skills to find and identify at least 5 mushrooms in the wild.
- …be familiar with at least 3 different mushroom species, their cultivation methods, and potential medicinal benefits.
- … have explored the benefits and challenges of allying with the fungal kingdom to improve the individual and our planet.
- Attendance and in-class participation 50% – Students are expected to log in to class on a regular basis and participate in group work and discussions.
- Readings and homework 30% – There will be readings assigned during the semester to reinforce the skills and concepts covered in class. All readings will be passed out or posted online. Discussions and short quizzes will be held based on the readings.
- Final Project 20% – Integrate what you have learned or what you have been inspired to examine over the semester into your other passions and share with the class or write a paper about it. More details when the time comes.
This is a tentative outline for the semester, which will be adjusted, based on YOUR interests.
|Sept 11th||Introductions. Fungal Lifecycle. Ecological roles||Chapter 1 Mycelium Running.|
|Mushroom Anatomy. Cast of characters. Stages of mushroom cultivation.||Chapter 2 Organic Mushroom Farming|
|3 methods of outdoor cultivation straw, logs, and woodchips||Chapter 9 Mycelium Running|
|Oct 2nd||Indoor mushroom cultivation and small scale commercial production||The Trip Treatment|
|Oct 10th||Foraging. History, When, What, How||Chapter 22 Organic Mushroom Farming. Bring in a mushroom|
|Oct 16th||Medicinal mushrooms and mycoremediation||Final Project|
|Oct 23rd||Final projects. Evaluations|
These books are recommended for further information:
- Stamets, Paul: Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. (2005).
- Cotter, Tradd: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation. (2014).
- Stamets, Paul: Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms. (2000).
- Mushworld Mushroom Growers Handbook 1+2