About MycTyson & #ColonizeThePlanet

Thanks for learning more about me, my history and the ongoing efforts to #ColonizeThePlanet. In short, my mission to #ColonizeThePlanet doesn’t stop until every man, woman and child is excited about fungi. Like the mycelium beneath our feet while walking the forests, we are connected in ways we do not see or understand, and fungi connect us in even more ways not only with ourselves and others, but the world around us. I believe that fungi play a role in every life on this planet, whether apparent or not, we depend on fungi to survive and I hope to inspire any curious person with an inkling of interest in fungi to maximize their interest by digging in and taking a bite out of mycology with me, MycTyson. πŸ„πŸ’–

Welcome To Mushroom Hour Podcast

If instead of a wall of text, you’d like the audio run down – look no further than above this very post where I am interviewed by my friend for an episode of Welcome to Mushroom Hour. Listen to this and other great podcasts by following @Welcome_To_Mushroom_Hour on Instagram!

A Summary of Experience

Growing mushrooms has been a personal hobby of mine for 8 years, and I am privileged with having another 4 years of professional growing under my belt. Within this time, I have grown from budding hobbyist to esteemed consultant, upholding knowledge and experience in many areas of mushroom growing. I am self taught through research, a lot of trial and error, and with some professional time accrued at the (now) #1 producer of Agaricus in the US. Later, my professional excursions led me to a consulting position for a small, family-owned, exotic mushroom farm, and I eventually took my own turn at selling gourmet mushrooms at market. That said, at my present state of ignorance, I am still regarded as having a good handle on mushroom growing β€” both for the hobbyist & commercial grower alike β€” but I, too, am always learning.

/r/MushroomGrowers

Some time in 2015, I started a community on Reddit for mushroom growers. As it still stands today, the primary goal/intent of this community is to provide a safe space where new growers are free to discuss unfamiliar topics; and do so without fear of being berated. After /r/MushroomGrowers was up and running, my focus (for nearly 2 years) had been on selling mushroom cultures and substrates through a website, β€œGet Cultured”. Since then, the tides steadily shifted, and I have turned toward formulating new ways to serve the everyday hobbyist through a mushroom grower’s market.

It feels good β€” Yet, these are only the start toward my ultimate goal. By grasping every opportunity to take it to the next level, and fill out the pieces to the β€œwhole”, my passions held in the world of mushrooms are what assist me in achieving my long-term mushroom growing goals.

My Mushroom Growing Mission

My long-term mission with mushroom growing is to establish a fair trade network of mushroom growers in developing nations. This network would develop dependable revenue streams for these people by reusing locally available agricultural wastes to produce high quality mushrooms & mushroom based products for import & distribution throughout the US & perhaps even worldwide.

By enabling these communities to use agricultural waste to produce highly nutritious foods, while also providing a new way for community members to make money for their families, these areas have the potential to benefit greatly; as they might not have otherwise had access to fresh mushrooms because of the high cost of imports and furthermore, directly increasing the quality of life for these growers.

I pledge to dedicate 15% of each sale from my site toward funding this mission, and I will create & be routinely keeping an updated status on a β€˜Goals’ page once we reach half way. Once my goal has been reached, the next steps in my myco-philanthropy journey will begin.

All proceeds from sticker sales will be dedicated towards this objective!

Since you’re still with me here β€” Why not check out some slaps? All proceeds from these sticker sales are dedicated directly toward my mission objectives. Even if you’re not interested in growing right now, your valued support (from as little as a sticker purchase) can make all the difference.

My Work With Raymond In Kenya πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ

On my mission to #ColonizeThePlanet, the first stop is Oyugis, Kenya with my long time friend Raymond Benson Orenda. Raymond runs Organic Food Kenya, and is the closest embodiment to an actual, living saint that I know personally. Raymond is on a mission to provide high quality food to his local community, more specifically Raymond takes it upon himself to not only produce and feed his community freely, but by also building houses for those who need shelter. He relies on donations to fund his endeavors, more information is available on the Organic Food Kenya website, Facebook, or Instagram pages.

Below, you can follow along on the journey Raymond and his community have been on to put together a mushroom growing barn, using existing agricultural wastes, we plan to grow heat tolerant species of various mushrooms. Starting with Pleurotus (oyster) mushrooms, and techniques that are less dependent on modern luxuries, we’re hoping to have our first trial grows underway by September or better.

Covid-19 has affected this project directly by fact of the mail services to Kenya being blocked shortly before the shipment of cultures was sent, but as the world may have it, we were blessed with an unexpected friend named Elias, who showed up to give Raymond not only hands on support and advice, but to connect him to existing spawn providers in the area, giving Raymond and this project a SIGNIFICANT jump start compared to producing spawn without the equipment needed to do this.

If you’ve ever purchased something from MycTyson.com – give yourself a little pat on the back for your contribution to this project, and stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

If you know someone or some community that may have similar interest, don’t be shy to email me at LetsGrow@MycTyson.com to connect us, once this operation in Kenya is producing independent of my (or other) assistance, I will be looking for another project.