So a lot of times people come to us and ask them to promote their kickstarters but this one I found completely on my own.. When I say on my own, I mean paul sent me an email with a link to it.
But anyway, my point is, we found this one and saw how awesome it was without being begged to promote it and I think that it's important to share that.
Now, down to the nitty gritty.
This is Willie Crosby and Dylan Kessler:
They've been growing and selling mushrooms and mushroom spawn for 3 years on the east coast.
The main point of their kickstarter though, is to fund a fungi lab to create local, high quality spawn to sell to people that will enable them to grow their own mushrooms. By the way, spawn is the seed used to start growing mushrooms. Spawn is the roots or mycelium of the mushroom grown out onto any material, most commonly sawdust, dowels, or grain.
They want to empower and educate people to be able to know how to grow mushrooms and that's why I feel so compelled to help them out, because really that is their end goal.
Can you image being able to grow something as beautiful as these yourself?:
I've already backed their project and I'm super excited to try to help them reach their stretch goal (making gobs of educational videos about mushroom growing!!!).
(getting my parents the shiitake growing kit for christmas) hope you're not reading this mom....
Cassie thanks for the great post! We are excited to team up with lots of permies (all of you) to keep fungi growing! I am amazed at the different roles fungi can fill in permaculture systems. Talk about stacking functions! You can be growing mushrooms in woodchips while creating a path, weed suppression, enhancing the soil for future life, and creating food for yourself!
If anyone has any questions thoughts idea about our campaign OR growing fungi in general feel free to post them here!
okay i just spoke with willie and we are going to do a little dealio!!!
he said that if we permies can bring in $5,000 before their kickstarter is over, we will get to have "made possible by the permaculture goofballs at permies.com" at the beginning of their educational mushroom videos!!
SOOO, we already have contributed $820 so we only need $4,180
I got back from a recent gig just before Christmas and my BOX had arrived - seriously abused by the USPS - which happens. The awesome part was that when I opened the box, it was already fruiting, sad part was that the fruit decided the instruction card was kind of tasty. Silly Shitakes. Anyhow, emailed the lads and Willie sent me a soft copy of the instructions immediately. Now I have to reassemble the tower and get her fruiting again. It was a pretty sweet early Christmas gift.
I got one for my mom for Christmas. It got to her po box and the box was completely soaked.. Idk if the inoculated brick had done that? Or if something else spilled on it? But anyways, it was salvaged and she just sent me this last night.
Side note: It was sort of hilarious because I hadn't told my mom what it was because I wanted it to be a surprise but I was flying home so I had it sent to her po box but before I got there, it arrived and her and her post office lady were like WTF is this HAHAHA because they had to open it because the box was soaked and like falling apart but there were only a tiny few mushrooms starting to pop up that they couldnt see at first so they were so confused and I was like well that is hilarious and worth it regardless if they got anything to harvest off of it.. Hahah