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23
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 29 2014

About

IT’S TIME TO GROW MUSHROOMS IN YOUR BACK YARD!!

The huge success of our first publication ‘Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist’ (we’re on our third printing!) has us fired up. We are going to create an expanded guide to the most popular topic from ‘Edible Landscaping’ -- backyard mushroom-growing. The new guide will expand the simple introduction to growing gourmet mushrooms out your back door with added images and input from our fun-gi friends at Field & Forest and Smugtown Mushrooms. Shiitake, oysters, wine caps - you can grow all of these with our guide even if you have never grown a thing in your life and live in a patio apartment.

Beware: Mushroom growing is fun and addictive and may do this to you!
Beware: Mushroom growing is fun and addictive and may do this to you!

Most of the mushrooms we eat from the store are grown on sawdust blocks in sterilized warehouses and they taste like it. Thankfully we have figured out simple ways to imitate natural woodland mushroom fruiting and translated the mind-bending scientific jargon into straightforward techniques for you and your backyard.

Fresh picked Wine Cap mushrooms from the backyard
Fresh picked Wine Cap mushrooms from the backyard

Creation of the Guide

Our base Kickstarter goal is to reach $10,000.This will cover the Guide to Backyard Mushroom Growing design, editing, layout and illustrations. We are going to partner with the talented publishing team that put together ‘Edible Landscaping’ to make this guide another colorful and approachable read. To reach our goal we need dedicated support averaging $30 from 300+ people. That’s a lot and we need your help to drum them up. Please share this appeal with a few friends, family members, and colleagues who you know would be jazzed about our project.

Stretch Goal #1 – First Printing

Our first stretch goal is $25,000. This will get the first round of the guide printed and distributed to libraries, non-profits working with food growing awareness, schools, and would be mushroom growers in your neighborhood. To make this stretch goal a reality we need 833 people, a small tribe of fungifiles putting up $30 each. We know they are out there, help us beat the drum.

Stretch Goal #2 – eBook

If we can get to $30,000 we can convert the guide to an eBook, an electronic online version that saves mucho material for those who prefer reading electronically and saving resources. That’s a cool 1,000 supporters averaging $30 each to make the guide happen in design, print and in the ether. Let’s make it happen and get the edible and ecological benefits of tasty mushrooms popping up in our landscapes!!

Become a Ninja Mushroom Grower!
Become a Ninja Mushroom Grower!

Thanks!

Thanks to Ashley Judd for putting together this snazzy video and Ken Whitely for his fun tune! Pictures by Ecologia, Field & Forest Products, Smugtown Mushrooms, and Moving Arts new project Fantasic Fungi. And to you for helping support.

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Risks and challenges

Hmm.. biggest challenge I can see is sitting down long enough to write with a bouncing baby, attractive wife, and circular straw bale home in the building... but there is always 4 a.m. - 7 a.m. :) My clearest hours.

I have such amazing collaboration lining up for this book based on my previous book's success and some pro mushroom growing outfits that get the fun and easy side of growing fungi that I don't see so much challenge as I see a lot of enjoyment coming my way.

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    Signed and personalized copy of the soon to be famous 'Guide to Backyard Mushroom growing'. Knowing you made this publication happen and helping there be more fungus amongus.

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    A DVD of ‘Nature's Wonders’ by award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer and director, Louie Schwartzberg. This wildly popular series takes you on a beautiful journey that celebrates natures diversity. Riveting to watch. AND two copies of ‘A Guide to Backyard Mushroom Growing’. Thank you movingart.com.

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    A signed book of course. And we will send you your very own shiitake or oyster table top mushroom kit that will fruit on your counter! OR an invite to our Spring 2015 mushroom workshop in Frederick, Maryland where you will learn to inoculate a mushroom log to take home!

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    Signed book and acknowledged supporter in the book. Personalized tour for you and friends of our edible landscape and natural building homestead in Frederick, MD OR full edible landscaping consult within 60 miles of Frederick or via phone.

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    Signed book and acknowledged supporter in the book. Personalized tour for you and friends of our edible landscape and natural building homestead in Frederick, MD AND full edible landscaping consult within 60 miles of Frederick or via phone AND an invite to our mushroom workshop or table top mushroom farm. This is a deal!

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    Will give a presentation on edible landscaping, permaculture and all things fungi within 150 miles of Frederick MD. This reward is also open to networks who collectively raise $1,000 amongst their community via the rewards above - just be sure to note the receiving party in your pledge notes. Scheduling is flexible.

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