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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Urban Farmstead hosts an evening of mushrooms

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

click to enlarge JEANIE RIESS

Mushrooms have a lot of different uses, from salad topper to psychedelic, but one use that might benefit New Orleans is that of storm water filtration system. Fungi, it turns out, consume bacteria and secrete antibacterial metabolites that can help clean water and break down pollutants.

The folks over at the Urban Farmstead of New Orleans, a permaculture education center that aims to create more independently sustainable communities, will host a workshop on the many uses of mushrooms this Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Beatnik (1638 Clio St.) at 5 p.m. The workshop lasts four hours and will delve into how to grow mushrooms and how to use them for water catchment, fermi-composting systems and for gardening (they can help other plants thrive in a garden). 

It's all part of a nationwide tour presented by the Radical Mycology Collective, a group that's trying to spread the word on the benefits of the fungal kingdom. The workshop comes with a suggested donation of $20-$50, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. There are no tickets or RSVPs. Just show up, give what you can and learn something new. For more information, click here

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