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Discussion with Doug Bierend, Author of “In Search of Mycotopia”

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 6:00pm

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In Search of Mycotopia introduces us to an incredible, essential, and oft-overlooked kingdom of life—fungi—and all the potential it holds for our future, through the work and research being done by an unforgettable community of mushroom-mad citizen scientists and microbe devotees. This entertaining and mind-expanding book will captivate readers who are curious about the hidden worlds and networks that make up our planet. (excerpt from publishers’ website)

During this event, Doug and some of the folks featured in the book will discuss the larger fungal community and its evolution in modern times. Through pictures and storytelling, the group will share the current state of the decentralized mushroom world in the US and discuss the following questions as well as those from participants:

What are the lessons learned from the wide range of ways people are engaged with fungi as growers, ecologists, community leaders, activists? 

How can the collective movement continue to strengthen and ensure that access to knowledge, strains, materials, and cultivation remains open and decentralized? 

What are the open niches in the community? Where do we need folks to step up and help?

Join our network of Community Mushroom Educators for a series of events this summer where we will collectively explore and discuss elements of fungi and their past, present, and future impacts on a wide range of communities in society. As this growing industry develops, it is critical that we ensure that everyone has access to the knowledge, materials, and skills necessary to cultivate fungi for food, medicine, and other uses. 


Access to these events is free and open to anyone interested in engaging in these conversations in a respectful, supportive, constructive, and co-creative way. 


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Future Webinar Topics for 2021:

July 14 - Panel & Discussion: Increasing Access to Mushroom Cultivation & Use

 August 18th- Discussion with Doug Bierend, Author of “In Search of Mycotopia”

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