Bashira Muhammad | Zoom Out Mycology
How much of the U.S. lives in a food desert?
2.3 million people live in low-income, rural areas that are more than 10 miles from a supermarket. Our mission in driving sustainability with fungi is to make mushrooms more available to people by teaching them how to grow mushrooms at home in order to save money, feel better, and especially cut down on carbon emissions due by reducing fossil fuel powered transportation of food.
The fungus among us?
We’ve got shiitake and oyster mushroom logs available and our plan of action is to get them in every local nursery, farm and ranch stores, and supermarkets in Southern Oregon to ensure people have access to the fungal kingdom just as the do the plant kingdom. Mushrooms in the supermarket are often pricey and indoor lab grown which compared to natural log grown cultivation techniques can taste bland and have less nutrients. Growing your own mushrooms on our mushroom logs will provide you with mushrooms for years.
Health benefits of fungi?
Speaking of nutrients, mushrooms are also equipped with polysaccharides and beta-D-glucans that can help your body fight cancer and build up natural immunity. Check out our previous article written about the health benefits of our very own medicinal mushroom teas.
Why everyone nursery needs a fungi section!
We wholeheartedly believe that every person should have access to high quality home grown mushrooms. Through our education programs like mushroom hikes and youth summer day camps we foster a sense of fungal appreciation while relaying that the fungi, plant, and animal kingdom are equally special. By working with nurseries as a mushroom log supplier we help people remember the oft- forgotten kingdom of fungi. We also like to truly Zoom Out and have people see the interdependent relationships between fungi, flora and fauna with interactive workshops like our upcoming Native Bee Workshop at Valley View Nursery.
Our mushroom logs (shiitake & oyster) are among the easiest to grow and tastiest to eat!
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