Shiitake Happens (part 1)

Shiitake Happens: Growing Gourmet Mushrooms

We have some upcoming community workshops exploring several hands on methods of growing edible & medicinal mushrooms that are suited for all levels of experience. Learn how to get started growing & propagating Fungi while utilizing local ‘waste stream’ materials. REGISTER HERE > 

After these classes, we will publish photos and info about our process. Stay tuned!

Class 1: Intro & Shiitake Log Inoculation
Time: 1- 3pm
Date: Saturday July 9th
Class 2: Oyster Mushroom Cultivation 
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Date: Wednesday July 13th
Class 3: Wine Caps (Garden Giant) Mushroom Beds
Time: 1-3pm
Date: Sunday July 23rd

Price: $10 – $15 a class / $30-$40 Series (pay what you can sliding scale)

Address: All Classes will be held at the Farmhouse, 3957 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Contact us for more info. REGISTER HERE >

Check out this video excerpt from the feature documentary by Louie Schwartzberg following notable mycologist, Paul Stamets, as he discusses the important role mushrooms play in the survival and health of the earth and human species.

Building Resilient Relationships

“By applying the permaculture ethics, principles, and a similar design process that we use in our physical systems to our social systems we can get better at bringing about greater ease, functionality and mutual benefits in both our physical sites and social organizations and programs.”

Social Polycultures

“Just like we would design a polyculture for our forest gardens that are composed of plants that have beneficial relationships with one another we can use the same logic to create or hone what I am calling social polycultures. I am defining a social polyculture as an intentional working relationship between 2 or more people or organizations to support a given goal…By working well within an organization and collaborating across disciplines we can create more effective and lasting change.”

Read the complete Article Here >

Permaculture vs. Landscaping


Aesthetic Human-Focused Landscaping (the relatively new traditional way) Functional, Diverse & Native Focused Landscaping (Permaculture, or the old way of doing things). I found this short article that summarizes some crucial differences between Permaculture Design & Traditional Landscaping.

“…the maintenance of a large lawn will require frequent mows (a waste of energy, time and money), and, to keep its greenness, fertilizer (since we obtusely insist on bagging and wasting grass clippings), progressively impoverishing the soil. With high costs and absolutely no possible uses this yard does not have a very good cost-benefit relation.”


“…traditional landscaping’s primary goal is usually aesthetics and the design is optimized for things such as ease of maintenance, accessibility, privacy, costs, etc. However, traditional landscaping rarely bothers to include non-human uses in the designed environment. That is a big oversight – but one that creates a huge opportunities for permaculture designers.

Check the article out here >

Open Source Economy (Video)

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth, we are all Crew.

We came across this video on the Farm Hack blog and found the idea of a collaborative, open source, prototyping camp quite inspiring, check it out!

Desription rom the original post: “POC21 was an international innovation community, that started as an innovation camp. The camp brought together 100+ makers, designers, engineers, scientists and geeks. In late summer 2015, we joined forces in a stunning French castle to prototype a fossil free, zero waste society. Our ultimate goal was to overcome the destructive consumer culture and make open-source, sustainable products the new normal. Over the course of 5 weeks we developed 12 sustainable lifestyle technologies and built an international community of innovators and supporters, that continues to grow.”