Learn and share skills around isolating and cloning functionally sterile mushroom tissue. Build your own mycoculture library! This is a practice- based workshop and requires no prior knowledge. Don't sweat it, this is not rocket science 🙂 Bring your best hand/ eye coordination skills and learn the first stages of practical mushroom culture. Take away awesome samples to start your very own culture library.
The fruits of this workshop can be used to upscale and grow your own edible and medicinal mushrooms and many more species can be cloned and stored at home for further research ( and some tasty feeds ) using the techniques we will teach on the day. Over the last decade, advances in mushroom cultivation made cloning and storage easier- and available to any citizen scientist who has access to a standard kitchen. We'll be focusing on the Rush Wayne Hydrogen Peroxide cloning tek, but there will be other teks taught on the day as well. If you have mycological Mad Skillz already, you're also welcome to attend and share. So many mushrooms in Australia are unidentified or unknown to Western Science. So much potential. So many opportunities for everyone to play a part.
Caine Barlow is a fungi educator who has been cultivating and studying fungi for 14 years. In 2019 he completed a Master's degree where his research project was to predict a preliminary conservation status for many Australian fungi.
As a fungi educator, he is passionate about encouraging people to see fungi in a new light by demonstrating how easy they are to grow in kitchen and garden environments. He likes to inspire a sense of creativity in the cloning and propagation of mycelium, experimentation with different substrates, and how to hack together equipment.
Through exploring the forests of Far South Tasmania, Caine's interest in fungi evolved from foraging to learning how to culture native species for conservation, and on to cultivating a variety of culinary and medicinal species. Then to further studies into mycorrhizal fungi, mycoremediation, and mycorestoration.
When not growing fungi, Caine volunteers his time with Entheogenesis Australis, MYCOmmunity Applied Mycology, and the Australian Psychedelic Society. He writes for DoubleBlind and is also a regular contributor, “trusted identifier” and administrator on a variety of fungi oriented website forums and facebook groups.
Caine has an Instagram account "Guerrilla Mycology” where he blogs about his cultivation techniques and the enthnomycology of fungi he finds in the field.
Darklight has been working with aseptic medicinal and endangered plant species propagation for over 20 years. Moving into fungal propagation was a natural progression ( or unfortunate side-effect, you choose 😉 . Right now, Darklight is working on long-term archiving of local NNSW fungal species for future remediation and revegetation work- the culture library consists of a fair range of local macrofungi whose ultimate purposes have yet to be revealed to us. But they're here for a reason, and so are we.
What fascinates Darklight is the progression of fungal lab technology towards being more accessible to citizen scientists. Kitchen mycology is easy, safe and productive these days. The teks keep getting better and the outputs more diverse and rewarding.
Our workshop welcomes people at all skills levels. Learn and share.
Jess is a botanical illustrator and tattooer living in Northern Rivers NSW/ Bundjalung country.
A love of the natural world, gardening and science have lead her to ongoing involvement in a citizen mycology project, cactus farming, low harm off-grid living and study of plant tissue culture.