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Whatcom Mycological Response Team


Whatcom Mycological Response Team

The purpose of Whatcom M.R.T. is to advocate and facilitate the use of mycelium to support ecosystems in the Anthropocene.

Location: Deming
Members: 25
Latest Activity: 20 hours ago

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Started by J. C. Walker,Jr.. Last reply by J. C. Walker,Jr. Mar 15. 4 Replies

Tera Preta

Started by J. C. Walker,Jr.. Last reply by J. C. Walker,Jr. Jan 8. 5 Replies

I’d rather be talking about bio-char or terra prieta if you will. My wood stove allows me to control the air intake. Giving a lower supply of Oxygen is the goal in achieving pyralysis. At the end of the night I add a  stick of wood and reduce the…Continue

Sediment Runoff from Clearcuts and Roads

Started by J. C. Walker,Jr.. Last reply by J. C. Walker,Jr. Jun 2, 2011. 14 Replies

Bunker Spawn

Railroad Ties and Telephone Poles

Started by J. C. Walker,Jr. Aug 23, 2010. 0 Replies


Fecal Coliform

Started by J. C. Walker,Jr.. Last reply by J. C. Walker,Jr. Feb 3. 4 Replies

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Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on June 20, 2011 at 9:21am

Congratulations to Scott McClendon on completing the Mycorestoration Seminar at Fungi Perfecti this weekend. Looking forward to the knowledge you share with T.W. on restoring damaged habitats with mycelium.

Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on May 31, 2011 at 9:38am
I'm finding lots of Oyster mushrooms in the woods. Mostly on dead Alders.
Comment by Harper Stone on April 17, 2011 at 9:50am
oh, and I just now saw JC's post just below mine, on the same topic. Well, good info regardless.
Comment by Harper Stone on April 17, 2011 at 9:49am

Before this article I wasn't aware that mushrooms can eat radiation, and that people can then eat those mushrooms. Check it out! 6 Ways Nature Cleans Up Our Messes Better than We Do  

Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on March 29, 2011 at 9:16pm           Radioactive remediation strategies
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on March 28, 2011 at 12:08pm

Half the site says your in, but the invite friends part said no. We might need to get David involved to sus it out.

Comment by Charles Kelm on March 28, 2011 at 11:55am
Sorry all - this is off-topic and for J.C. only. J.C. - I followed your link here, but it says that I am a member already.  I haven't received an update, except for your invitations, since January 31st.  Not sure what to do. January 10th was the last time which I got an email saying that someone made a comment on this page.  Maybe because Jan 10th was my birthday. That's the only thing special about that date for me, ha ha.
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on March 23, 2011 at 9:55am

Juliet, When I do the fermentation method, I put the substrate into a mesh basket and submerge it using weight to keep it under water. i.e. anaerobic. All the liquid becomes fermented in one and a half to two weeks. I now remove the basket of chips ( with a little help from my friends ) and just let the chips get exposed to air for one hour. i.e. aerobic. Then the grain spawn gets added, mixed, and bagged. One last tidbit. A little mold is not a concern in remediation. If you try this method let me know how it goes. Good luck. J.C.

Comment by Juliet Thompson on March 23, 2011 at 12:05am
Thanks for your comment JC, I think I'm getting it - top fermentation, just like an ale, eh?  So the yeast feed the fermentation process, eating the sugars, producing alcohol as a waste product, and in the process killing off other bacteria. But the anaerobic conditions farther down in the container kill off many of the bacteria and molds that compete with our favored fungi strains, so between the alcohol on top and the anaerobic conditions down below, we can help to create a reasonable growing environment for the friendly fungi. Am I getting the chip fermentation process now?
Comment by Juliet Thompson on March 22, 2011 at 11:53pm

Hi there,

We're doing part II of Mushroom Workshop at Inspiration Farm this Saturday, March 26th - but we cut down the time from 3 until 5 pm. I know it's a stretch for some of you to come a long distance for a short workshop - but if you also want to learn a bit about grafting - we'll be working on grafting from one pm until three pm. If you're new to grafting this workshop may not be recommended for hands on participation - it may be more of an opportunity to see how it's done. As usual, none of us claim expert status, we are just people who have learned a bit and who want to help each other out. The rootstock and scions were bought, so there will be some cost associated with the grafting. We hope to send you home with some mycelium, but there will not be a lot of that to spare. 


We can continue to arrange grain spawn workshops at anytime, so feel free to ask or offer a time when you'd like to work together on this. The warm spring weather is ideal for growing mycelium.


Also -- FYI - we had to re-do the grain masters, the set of jars we did together in Juliet's kitchen molded. We suspect the cheesemaking I've been doing lately has contaminated the kitchen. The second set we did at Chris' came out beautifully. Also the bunker spawn we prepared at the farm appears to be growing really well.


Hope to see you Saturday for bunker spawn, grafting or both.


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