Fungi for the People

Author(s): SCHINDLER, JA

Mushrooms & Truffles

Historically viewed with suspicion and trepidation, mushrooms are now prized as excellent sources of food and medicine which can also play a crucial role in restoring a balanced ecosystem. Small to medium-scale mushroom cultivation is an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to industrial scale production, which often relies on expensive equipment and harmful pesticides while placing a drain on scarce resources. Communities, families, and individuals can become more self-sufficient and resilient and enhance their food security with this valuable crop."Fungi for the People" is a complete mushroom growing handbook focused on appropriate technologies and techniques for small to medium scale projects. It features reliable, inexpensive, lower-tech methods for both urban and rural settings, with a focus on working with native and localized species in an ecologically sound fashion. Dozens of varieties of edible and medicinal mushrooms and their uses are described, along with detailed instructions for: Mushroom culturing and spawn productionIndoor and outdoor growing and permaculture applicationsMycotechnologies and mycoremediationWritten in simple, clear language accompanied by helpful illustrations, "Fungi for the People" presents conventional and established techniques as well as radical new advances in efficient and ecologically responsible cultivation. This indispensable guide is of interest to anyone who wishes to advance their knowledge of this unique and fascinating type of organism, and belongs on the shelf of any aspiring mushroom gardener.Ja Schindler is a passionate advocate of sustainable mushroom cultivation using appropriate technology and the founder of Fungi for the People.


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Ja Schindler is a passionate advocate of sustainable mushroom cultivation using appropriate technology. The founder of Fungi for the People, he studies and promotes the use of fungi for food, medicine, soil fertility, waste management and environmental remediation and recovery. As well as pioneering several laboratory-free, accessible and inexpensive mushroom culturing techniques, Ja has initiated a variety of projects incorporating native mushroom urban planting, toxic soil remediation, greywater mushroom filtration systems, and the creation of an open-source local mushroom spore bank. Ja's local mushroom cultivation and identification workshops are in high demand and he presents regularly at the Radical Mycology Convergence, the Northwest Permaculture Convergence and many mushroom festivals.

General Fields

  • : 9780865717480
  • : newsoc
  • : newsoc
  • : October 2013
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 579.5
  • : 384
  • : illustrations
  • : P