Mushroom Class Tonight – July 25

Join us tonight for our mushroom class taught by local Biocentric Brothers.  Read about it here on Homestead Lady’s Blog.  RSVP via Facebook here.

By Raven Simons ©2013 Shapeshifting, Inc all rights reserved

By Raven Simons
©2013 Shapeshifting, Inc
all rights reserved

And for your enjoyment go to the link and watch this fine mushroom video from Perennial Plate:

http://www.theperennialplate.com/episodes/2011/05/episode-55-mushroom-music/

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July 25th Meeting and How to Grow Mushrooms Class

Homestead Lady,  did an awesome write up on our July Class and meeting so I’ve copied and pasted her blog entry with her permission (just FYI Homestead Lady is also the president of Salt Lake County Seed Swap):

How to Grow Mushrooms in Utah!

by Homestead Lady on July 12, 2013

biocentricThis one is for the Utah people!

The Salt Lake County Seed Swap is hosting Biocentric Bros, Utah’s Own Mushroom growers, as they teach us how to grow mushrooms in Utah both indoors and out.  The class will be held at our homestead in South Jordan on July 25th (yes, the day after Pioneer Day) at 7pm and should run about an hour to an hour and a half.  Everyone is invited; you do NOT have to be a member of the Swap to attend the class.  (Although, you’re very welcome to join – it’s free and has many privileges!)  The best way to RSVP (a must to get the address) is to leave me a message and I’ll email you the information you’ll need.  You can also go to the Facebook page for the Swap and rsvp on the events page, which will have a description of the class and a place to say you’re coming.

Chase, of Biocentric Bros (yes, they’re actually brothers – I asked; plus they have a good friend helping out), says that they’ll bring kitsbiocentric 2 to get us started, if we’re interested in purchasing some.  Each kit is $20 or you can buy three for $50.  That night, they’ll have Reishi, Shiitake, King Oyster, Wild Oyster, Elm Oyster and Lion’s Mane available.  They originally got into growing mushrooms and, more broadly, gardening as they started thinking more about the health of the food they ate.  You can read a write up the Salt Lake Tribune did on them last year here; you can click on the photos for photo credit from the article.  Biocentric also has a website but they’re so busy growing awesome things to put much content in – it’s mostly there to give you a way to contact them and access their Facebook page.   I follow them on Facebook and they’ll tell you when they have something fun going on – they just got t-shirts made, for instance.  Who wouldn’t love a mushroom t-shirt?!

biocentric 3Can I just tell you how excited I am about this class?!   These guys did what us homesteaders are so, so, so familiar with – they read books, got some gear and tried it out!  Now, several years later, they’re successfully selling at the Salt Lake Farmer’s Market and teaching others how to grow their own.  I love people who grow food, don’t you?  I’ve wanted to know how to grow mushrooms for so long but was always too intimidated.  Every time I think about it I get visions of old growth forests in the mist, but I don’t happen to have any old growth forests in the mist.  This is Utah.  It’s dry.  A bit.  Mushrooms are like magic in the world of plants, though; they take dead materials and turn them into useable organics.  Plus, there’s all this wonderful growing and “blooming” taking place without a single root or a speck of dirt; genetic tests even seem to indicate that mushrooms are more closely related to animals than they are to plants.  For all our knowledge in Botany and Biology, the Fungi kingdom still baffles us on so many levels.  Did you know some mushrooms glow in the dark?  Yeah, I don’t know that those are legal to sell in Utah; this ain’t California, man.

If you’re in Utah, please feel free to join us; remember, you don’t have to be a member of the Swap to attend classes.  I must have a headcount, though so be sure to leave me a message if you’d like to rsvp.  See you there!

Here is the event link.

Home Garden Irrigation Class and Meeting on June 27th

Thursday, June 27th we will have our monthly meeting and June class.  The class will be a home garden irrigation class taught by Jim Emmons, Master Gardener. He’ll talk about options, conservation, plant selection, etc. We will also we’ll have a DIY rain barrel with all of it’s parts laid out and simple instructions on how to make one.

5:18:13 drop vinePlease join us from 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. at the Tyler (Midvale) Library on Thursday, June 27, 2013.  The library is located at:

8041 South Wood Street, Midvale,  Utah

You can RSVP for this event on Facebook here.

Photo by Raven Simons

Seeds the Buried Beginnings of Food – Semran Sethi

“The buried foundations of food and future-food are slowly disappearing. Environmental journalist Simran Sethi takes us beneath our plates to explore the erosion of what we grow and eat. Through an exploration of agricultural biodiversity, seed monocultures and consolidation, and the small-scale farmers who continue to grow much of the world’s food, Simran explains what we all can do to ensure the security and sovereignty of our seed and food.”

 

Utah Seed Exchange – 1st Annual Planting Festival

Utah Seed Exchange 1st Annual Planting Festival will be on May 4th, 2013 at Allred Orchards, 2109 North University Avenue, Provo.  There is no charge for this event thanks to the generosity of Allred Orchards, vendors, and class instructors.  Times will be announced soon.  This event is open to the public.

There will be numerous classes from experts throughout the day on topics such as soil health, seed saving and the best vegetables to grow in Utah.  All will be taught with an emphasis on organic, sustainable gardening methods by instructors such as Caleb Warnock, author of ‘Backyard Winter Gardening; Vegetables Fresh and Simple, in any Climate without Artificial Heat or Electricity’, and Michelle Roberts who runs Roberts Ranch, an organic, sustainable farm in Spanish Fork.
Logan from Woodheadgardens.com in Orem will be teaching a class on Vermiculture.  That is red worm composting, they quickly compost your scraps, and give you some of the best compost there is!  If you’d like to purchase worms and pick them up at the festival, email Logan at dirthead@woodheadgardens.com what you want, and that you want to get them at the festival, and he’ll bring them for you.  They are $15 for 1/2 pound of worms, which is about 1000 worms.  It’s plenty to get you going, they multiply rapidly after a bit.
Alex Grover, the owner of Utah Sustainable Gardening will be teaching a class on organic methods of pest and disease control.
They are bringing together the heirloom, organic start growers in Utah in one place to make shopping for your plant starts easy and fun.   There will be lots of different varieties of plants available including herbs, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, melons and heirloom strawberries.  Let’s support our local growers who are doing it right!  There will also be other organic growing products available.
Details will be updated on their website at utahseedexchange.org .

Salt Lake County Seed Swap April Meeting – Thursday, April 25th

If you’d like to get your gardening on, please join us for our April meeting where we will be swapping seed starts, confirming our current BOD, and discussing composting.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 25, 2013  7:00 P.M. –  8:30 P.M                                                               Ruth Vine Tyler Library 8041 South Wood Street (55 West)                                           Midvale, Utah 84047

If you’d like to discuss seed saving, gardening, open pollinated and heirloom plants, find out if others have seeds/plants you are interested in, please join our yahoo group 🙂

How to Outsmart Your Weeds by Sandy Swegel

“It’s Spring.  Your plants are tiny and growing. Your weeds are huge and growing.  If you want a nice garden, you really do have to deal with the weeds that are gobbling up your soil nutrients and drinking your water.  Weeding doesn’t have to be a horrible task if you address the problem areas early and try to learn to understand how weeds behave so you can be smarter than they are.”

To read more:

http://www.bbbseed.com/_blog/The_Dirt/post/How_to_Outsmart_Your_Weeds/