My name is Bashira Muhammad, i’m a 24 year old mycologist and founder at Zoom Out Mycology (ZOM). I started ZOM in January of 2017 in my home state of New Jersey with the intention of creating an organization that would initiate sustainable change on different regional scales. My uncle told me a quote when I was growing up around accomplishing challenging tasks. It was that you should “start where you are, use what you have and do what you can.” This principle inspires me as the organization manager and has helped me throughout many decision making processes.
The resources I decided to use were the Sustainable Development Goals and information from the book Drawdown. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent worldwide objectives of a sustainable society and Project Drawdown directly relates to the carbon footprint of activities one could implement to create a more sustainable way. Here’s where ZOM comes in, we apply the science of mycology towards a sustainable future based on goals and targets backed by the scientific community.
Of the SDGs, good health and well-being, climate action, zero hunger, decent work and economic growth are among some of the improvements we’re trying to make locally and beyond. As for Drawdown tactics- plant (and fungi) rich diets, educating girls and regenerative agriculture are some of the steps of action we are taking towards that sustainable future. Some of the specific ways were enlisting fungi to help achieve these goals are natural medicine making, a local CSA venture in Southern Oregon, educating young people through mycology summer camps and other initiatives. These and other initiatives will be described in more detail in future blog posts.
So far we have helped many families and people with starting to incorporate mushrooms and fungi into their lives. We have offered cultivation workshops with universities such as Oregon State University, Rutgers University and Kean University. We have also learned a great deal of knowledge, gained more in depth experience, adapted to the local environment in Southern Oregon and acquired new resources for being able to add value to the community. So that means we’ve got some major improvements and news on the way.
I hope you stay tuned for the why's and how's of our story of driving sustainability with fungi! I will be using this blog to educate, inspire, and uplift members of our internal and external community. We welcome questions, feedback and engagement.
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