Join Young Agrarians at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort on Sunday, February 16, 2020, for a day all about farming and fungi! This event is by sliding-scale donation from $25-$40, lunch is included. This event requires registration, as there are only 30 spots available.
WHEN: Sunday, February 16, 2020 | 10am-2pm
LOCATION: Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort, Ainsworth, BC
BRING: Your questions, your curiosity and your SWIM SUIT AND TOWEL, if you want to take a dip before or after the event! Entry is $14 to the pools and is not included in the donation to this event. Lunch, coffee, and tea are included with your registration, but bring additional snacks if you will require them.
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About the Farming Fungi Forum
There is a rich culture of fungi enthusiasts in the Kootenays! With a climate and geography that provide great conditions for many kinds of funghi to flourish, there are many interesting ways that people are working with fungi both in the wild and in controlled environments like greenhouses.
This forum brings together a few local guest speakers in order to provide an introduction to fungi farming in the region, each touching on an interesting and unique topic they have personal experience with. This forum is ideal for farmers and food lovers who are interested in gaining knowledge about Mycorrhizal Fungal Networks benefits for agricultural soils, growing mushrooms for market, mycopermaculture and medicinal properties.
You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and end the afternoon with thematic group discussion. Some of the guest speakers offer workshops, courses and other services so if something sparks your interest, you can talk about next steps!
- 10:00 – 10:30am: Intro Circle
- 10:30 – 11:00am: Mycorrhizal Fungal Networks: How to encourage them and their benefits in agricultural soils
- 11:00 – 11:30am: In The Lab: an introduction to commercial mushroom cultivation
- 11:30 – 12:00pm: Practicing Mycopermaculture: Experimenting with edible ecosystems in the Kootenays
- 12:00 – 12:30pm: Body, Mind and Spirit: Medicinal properties of local mushrooms and lichen
- 12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch
- 1:15 – 1:45pm: Break out discussion groups
- 1:45 – 2:00pm: Wrap-up
Kim Watt – Thimblehill Nursery, North Shore
Mycorrhizal Fungal Networks: How to encourage them and their benefits in agricultural soils
Over 90% of plants form symbiotic relationships with mycorrhizal fungi. Come discover how these amazing fungal networks can improve your soil and increase crop resilience to drought and stress – and learn how to support them through your growing practices.
Kim Watt is the owner of Thimble Hill Orchard & Nursery, just outside Nelson. She’s passionate about soil, perennial food systems, and regenerative farming.
Robin Mercy – Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms, Kaslo
In The Lab: an introduction to commercial mushroom cultivation
Robin Mercy is a mushroom grower based in Kaslo, BC. His farm, Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms, supplies organic edible and medicinal mushrooms to restaurants, grocers, and herbalists throughout the West Kootenays. Robin also teaches about the world of fungi, covering both cultivation techniques and also wild foraging and identification.
Peter McAllister – Underbelly Farm and Woodlot, Kaslo
Practicing Mycopermaculture: Experimenting with edible ecosystems in the Kootenays
Peter McAllister from Underbelly Farm and Woodlot explores forestry from a mushrooms perspective: root rot, blister rust, truffles, chaga, Amanita muscaria, mycorrhizae, caramel caps, honey mushrooms, lobster mushrooms, and more.
Facebook: Underbelly Farm
Valerie Farcelais –Certified Nutrition Consultant, Educator & Owner of Essential Living Matters, Procter
Body, Mind and Spirit: Medicinal properties of local mushrooms and lichen
Valerie Farcelais, Certified Nutrition Consultant, Educator & Owner of Essential Living Matters.
I moved to Procter, BC 3 years ago and I started right away to grow my own medicine and mushrooms. I created a line of healing herbal teas & spice mix and I also have indulged in creating a beautiful skin care line. I sell all my goodnesses online and at the Harrop Farmers Market!
- Children are welcome to join us us for this event but please leave pets at home.
- Carpooling is encouraged! Have space in your car? Need a ride? Post in the Facebook event discussion.
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If you have any questions please contact Hailey@youngagrarians.org.
The Columbia Basin event series is made possible with funding from Columbia Basin Trust.