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MYCOLOGY: The study of fungi (mushrooms, lichens, molds, etc.).

Fungi act as central agents in all aspects of the natural world, and we believe they should hold a central role in all aspects of human life.

This campaign launches the first phase of MYCOLOGOS by funding the production of beginner to advanced online video courses that will cover mycology’s numerous practical applications (e.g. food cultivation, resource management, soil and water treatment, and natural medicine production), as well as its more technical aspects (e.g. ecology, taxonomy, and genomics). MYCOLOGOS is the first institute to make such a wide range of courses available on a global scale and we aim to set do the information justice by creating in-depth, experience-based, and ethically-driven teachings – and at a studio-level quality to boot.

In addition to these video courses, this campaign will help fund two Portland, Oregon based branches of MYCOLOGOS:

By the end of 2018 we will also be offering a diversity of in-person courses and unique experience-based learning opportunities, including unprecedented multi-year apprenticeships to provide extensive studies for those who desire to make mycology a primary life pursuit.

This campaign is also helping fund the MYCOLOGOS Fungi Farm: a unique demonstration farm utilizing the most resource-, cost-, and labor-efficient methods for growing mushrooms and other fungi. Unlike most large-scale conventional mushrooms farms, the MFF will hold appropriate technologies, sustainable energy sources, and locally-sourced and reusable/recyclable materials central to its ethos and design.

To give back to you and the rest of the world, as we build out, we will provide our farm's tool designs online for free, saving future farmers from the common problem of having to figure out how to build the core components of a mushroom growing operation.

With your help, we will be able to share mycology with people around the world, enabling anyone to work with fungi to increase their health, their family’s health, and the health of the environments we all share.

For Individuals

  • Mushrooms are a nutritious, nutrient-dense whole food that can be easily grown on many invasive plants and agricultural or urban wastes (e.g. brewery grains, cotton seed hulls, sugar cane bagasse, kudzu, water hyacinth, and scotch broom). A global familiarity with mushroom cultivation could address food shortages by providing protein- and mineral-rich foods to people around the world.
  • Many fungi are potent natural medicines that have been repeatedly shown to stimulate and enhance immune function, reduce the recurrence of many types of cancer, suppress viruses, and even mitigate neurological disorders.
  • The identification and wild harvesting of mushrooms and lichens hones one’s awareness and understanding of ecological systems, while simultaneously providing sustenance and medicine.
  • Various fungi create fermented foods that are more nutritious and easier to digest and preserve than their parent ingredients.
  • As one of the youngest natural sciences, mycology is one of the few areas of science that anyone can actively contribute to, potentially with a significant impact. The ability to be a true “citizen scientist” and add to the knowledge of future generations is a profound and empowering act that is not readily available in most other studies.

For Society

  • Fungal tissue (known as mycelium) has been called the “plastic of the future,” as its properties offer an untapped potential for replacing many plastics-based materials with products that are biodegradable, low-cost, and easy to grow and replace.
  • Various types of fungi produce alternative fuel sources (e.g. ethanol, diesel-like mixtures, or hydrogen gas).
  • Mushrooms and lichens produce natural dyes, papers, and pigments that increase self-sufficiency while reducing reliance on industrial products.
  • Fungal cultivation offers many novel economic sectors and the potential to revitalize depressed economies through the creation of jobs suitable for people of all backgrounds and physical abilities.
  • Mushrooms and other fungi readily integrate into and enhance sustainable and regenerative food systems, making them more efficient and productive.

For the Environment

  • Many fungi can regenerate landscape vitality by breaking down toxic chemicals, cleaning polluted water, removing heavy metals, and even breaking down plastics. These practices have the potential to be very cost-effective compared to standard industrial protocols.
  • Soil fungi can be cultivated to strengthen soil webs, support plant health, reduce fertilizer and pesticide inputs, and reduce or reverse many of the negative impacts of industrial agriculture.
  • The identification of endangered fungi and lichens can help protect land from deforestation.

To share all these important benefits with the world, we need your support to pay for the production of these courses. Production costs include recording space rental, studio-quality lighting, videography, audio engineering, and explanatory animations, as well as a small travel budget for site visits and interviews. A smaller percentage of funds will go toward the materials for building out the tools and general infrastructure for the demonstration farm.

 

 

Our main rewards in this campaign are the video courses below, which cover a range of mycological topics at various depths. Whether you want to get your toes wet or go for a deep dive, there is something for everyone. For a full description of the following courses, click their title to be redirected to the MYCOLOGOS website.

Video Course Details

All videos will be produced in UHD and, where appropriate, supplemented with explanatory animations and materials for later reference and research. Application-based courses will pair demonstrations with written instructions and materials lists to ensure comprehension. All courses will offer a blend a practicum, reading, and reflection work, along with lifetime access to the MYCOLOGOS web forum to share ideas and collaborate with others on designs. Course cost includes online streaming access to course videos for one year, course worksheets, and supplementary resources. Backers can choose when the streaming begins, so you can space out multiple courses and start them when you want. And upon completion of a course, participants can choose to take a final exam to receive a Certificate of Completion from MYCOLOGOS.

Note: If backing multiple courses, you will be able to choose which you want at any time between the end of the campaign and when courses begin streaming.

Shirts available in men's and women's S, M, L, XL.

 9"x24" wool felt pennant

 

All art designed by Peter McCoy.

Mycology is one of the most important sciences left to explore. As we continue to research the field, we find that fungi offer numerous means to increase human quality of life and to support Earth’s fragile ecosystems. And yet, there are few places in the world to study mycology beyond basic fungal biology and the influences of fungi on plant or animal health (and even then, fungal ecology is often presented in a negative light). Most universities don’t even have a mycology department. If you think about it, you likely learned nothing about fungi at any grade level!

Further, there is no institute in the world that offers anything close to the breadth of content offered by our courses. This is especially true in regards to the practical applications of cultivating fungi for food, medicine, and ecological stewardship. We want to change this state of affairs by creating new paradigms for working with fungi – where their mysteries are dispelled and their benefits are available to all.

We want to herald a new era in the evolution  of human-fungal relationships.

Your support for this campaign will help us realize a dream that has been desired for years by all people enthralled by fungi: a dedicated mycological institute designed for everyone. By backing today, you will help us build the much needed infrastructure for our first phase and help us educate a global community of fungal ambassadors.

We want to grow a regenerative mycoculture of present and future generations that is healthier, more resilient, and more myco-literate than any the world has ever known.

If we surpass our minimum funding goal, we have a lot of extra rewards and bonuses to offer. These additional funds will enable us to expand the first phase of MYCOLOGOS and to bring an even greater positive impact to the world – and a sweeter deal to you!

Currently, all the video courses have been thoroughly outlined. Once this campaign is fully funded, production will begin.

The founder and primary instructor at MYCOLOGOS is Peter McCoy, author of the highly celebrated book Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working With Fungi, lead cultivation expert for the Amazon Mycorenewal Project, mycology advisor to Open Source Ecology and Permaculture Magazine North America, and one of the most esteemed mycologists of today. Since its release in 2016, Radical Mycology (which was successfully crowdfunded in 2014) has been hailed as one of the most accessible texts on mycology, offering unique, thorough, and cutting-edge insights and applications into the rapidly evolving field.

Peter’s work has been featured in various news and media outlets around the world such as Salon, GOOD.is, Grist, Vice’s Motherboard, and The Survival Podcast. And his unique approach to teaching accessible mycology has brought him to present across Canada, in Europe, and at numerous events, including the North American Mycological Association, The Telluride Mushroom Festival, The Permaculture Voices Conference, The Village Building Convergence, The Breitenbush Herbal Conference, The National Brownfield’s Conference.

Peter’s extensive knowledge of the field – alongside the support of a broad network of collaborators and fellow mycologists – will provide the foundation for the courses offered at MYCOLOGOS, all of which will teach much more than what his book currently offers.

If you want to help share the word on this important effort to make mycology globally available, please share this campaign on your social media, website, or email list.

 

Risks and challenges

After running a successful Indiegogo campaign in 2014 for Radical Mycology, we are confident we have set realistic timeframes and that we have the capacity for clear and honest communication with our backers.

However, with such an ambitious undertaking there are several inherent risks, from unforeseen delays and computer crashes, to contamination outbreaks on the farm. We will do our best to mitigate these potential hurdles through diligent planning and setting high standards in our practices. That said, we've allowed ourselves what we believe is ample time to deliver our goals by the end of 2018.

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    DIGITAL MYCO INFO PACK

    For backing at this level or above, you will receive:

    A mycology skills and experiences bucket list
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    CSM SUBSCRIPTION

    A 6-month Community Supported MycoCulture™ (CSM) subscription. Each month from July-December 2018, receive a gift box in the mail of mushroom spawn, instructions, and other surprises from the Mycologos Farm. All our spawn is free of pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and anything else nasty for our bodies and the soil.

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    If you didn’t know, Peter is also a trained artist (he drew the cover of Radical Mycology). For this reward, Peter will talk to you over the phone and determine what fungi and colors best reflect your character. From this, he will draw your likeness alongside your fungal ally.

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    A DAY WITH PETER MCCOY

    No matter where you are in the world, Peter will come visit you for a full day. He’ll cook you mushrooms, take you on a mushroom hunt, help you refine your cultivation skills… whatever you wanna do related to mycology! It’ll be rad.
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    Expected Delivery: Gear by January 2018. Please allow up to 18 months to schedule the day together.

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