Category: Fungi

Is Mycelium the Central Nervous System of the Forest?

Many leaves make one tree.  They are all connected and work together via the stems and branches of the tree.  What if something connected all the plants in the forest in a similar way?  I hypothesize that mycelium is actually the central nervous system of the forest.  Mycelium grows in and around the roots of the different plants I hypothesize that mycelium not only coordinate the sharing of nutrients between the different plants, they also Read More …

Fungi Academy Web Page

I launched a web page for the Fungi Academy where Basswood is working. I started working on this page a couple of months ago, but I got side tracked with work etc. Today I found several videos about mushrooms that I thought were really awesome. I added them to the bottom of the page. I hope you will take the time to learn more about mushrooms and the many benefits they offer us and our Read More …

Fungi Academy Course

Basswood is working at the Fungi Academy this winter. They are holding another fungiculture course starting on February 4th on beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.. .     I wish I had the time to go down to Guatemala.  Not only to see Basswood, but to also to learn more about the benefits of mushrooms and other fungi.  I have been telling myself that he just heads south to get away from the Minnesota winters  Read More …

From Seed to Shining Seed

They wrote an article about Basswood in the local newspaper entitled From Seed to Shining Seed.  It tells how he is out to see the world by hitchhiking or taking buses.  The article tells how Basswood meets people to learn about their way of life.  “’When he works for room and board, he is really there for a free education,” Scot said. “Many people actually pay permaculture farms for the privilege of working on them Read More …

Fungi Course

Basswood and the Fungi Crew made it to the Fungi Academy in Guatemala.  About six hours after Basswood sent me the message that he made it safely he sent a message saying he cut his hand pretty bad and had to get stitches.  He said he has to go to the clinic for daily dressing changes.  I was worried that he would not have enough money to pay for all that.  He wrote back and Read More …

Basswood entering Guatemala

Basswood called and said that the Fungi Bus was entering Guatemala this morning. He said that they should be at the Fungi Academy this evening. There are only seven of them on the bus now. They have given rides to several hitchhikers and fellow travelers along the way. Basswood told about visiting Piramide del Sol at the sacred Mesoamerican ruins of Teotihuacan in Mexico and the park ranger climbed up after them to kick them Read More …

Garden Seeds Website is One Year Old

It is hard to believe that I have been working on this website for a year now.  Our goal for the first year was to get people talking about and using landrace garden seeds with natural landrace gardening methods.  Basswood went down to Guatemala last winter to meet the local people and to learn their gardening techniques.  He also found varieties of heirloom and landrace seeds that he brought back and we grew out in Read More …

Basswood in Guadalajara

“Guadalajara is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Jalisco, and the seat of the municipality of Guadalajara. The city is in the central region of Jalisco in the Western-Pacific area of Mexico. With a population of 1,495,189 it is Mexico’s fourth most populous municipality.” Wikipedia Basswood and his friends on the Fungibus have been in Guadalajara the last few days.  He said they went to a school and taught the kids Read More …

Basswood in Mexico?

Basswood called 36 hours ago to say he was crossing the border into Mexico. He told me he would call when he was safely across. Well… he has not called yet. A couple of years ago when he went to Mexico by commercial bus the bus had to wait for him for half an hour because the US side held him for questioning. I guess they have never been to Northern Minnesota in the wintertime Read More …

Mushrooms and other Fungi

Basswood has posted several photos of the fungi he has been learning about.  He wants to learn about the benefits that fungi offer us and also the different uses and benefits of fungi in our landrace gardens.  Basswood is continually looking for, and studying natural gardening methods to improve the landrace gardens we have.   With all the benefits mushrooms offer us we should all be excited about them.  I cannot wait for Basswood to Read More …