Hello and welcome to the Mushroom Conservatory!

I’m Erin Hamilton, and it’s my joy to guide you through the enchanting world of mushrooms. This Conservatory is more than just a space for growing fungi; it’s a community where curiosity, nature, and creativity intertwine.

My journey into mycology began with a simple curiosity and an afternoon with a local mushroom foraging group and evolved into a deep passion for uncovering the wonders of mushrooms. From the intricate science behind their growth to their delightful flavors and textures, every aspect of fungi captivates me. It’s this fascination that I’m eager to share with you.

At the Mushroom Conservatory, we’re not just cultivating mushrooms; we’re nurturing a space for learning, experimentation, and growth. Whether you’re a seasoned mycologist or just starting to explore this incredible field, there’s something here for everyone.

Join us as we delve into the mysterious and rewarding world of mushroom cultivation. Together, let’s discover the endless possibilities that these remarkable organisms have to offer.

Looking forward to growing with you,

It’s an honor to have been chosen as one of Mother Earth News’ Voices for 2024 – I’ll be teaming up with them on a variety of awesome writing projects, speaking and teaching interesting things all year:)

About the Mushroom Conservatory

Welcome to the Mushroom Conservatory, a sanctuary where the art of mycology and the joy of discovery converge. Founded by Erin Hamilton, a passionate mycologist and educator, our Conservatory is dedicated to exploring the fascinating world of fungi.

Our Mission to Help the World Learn to Grow Mushrooms

At the Mushroom Conservatory, our mission is to illuminate the intricate world of mushrooms, making it accessible and engaging for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a curious newcomer, our aim is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of fungi and their vital role in our ecosystems and on our dinner plates.

Hands-On Learning: Our Approach to Mycology

We believe in a hands-on, experiential approach to learning. Our goal is to help you learn how to grow mushrooms at home, and encourage you to explore the possibilities that mushrooms hold for the world. We developed mushroom growing kits that teach mushroom growing from the ground up, and throughout the year we present a range of experiences, from mushroom cultivation workshops to educational seminars and even mushroom feasts all designed to immerse people in the practical and theoretical aspects of mycology. Our programs are tailored to encourage exploration, creativity, and sustainable practices.

Cultivating Knowledge: Making Mushrooms Accessible to the Educational Community

Our driving force is our vision for exploring the depths of the fungi kingdom, and encouraging everyone we come in touch with to join us in our quest. There are around 14,000 recorded species of mushroom, but it is believed that there are between 3 and 4 MILLION species in existence. Each has it’s own unique abilities, from healing our bodies to restoring our ecosystem, feeding our families and and replacing toxic materials with renewable ones. With this in mind, it is our greatest hope that we inspire as many of you as possible to explore the seemingly endless untapped potential.

Here, you’ll find a diverse group of family and friends sharing knowledge, experiences, and a mutual love for mushrooms. We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive, welcoming environment where everyone’s contributions are valued and encouraged. We are proud to partner with k-12 and university programs to further prepare the world’s scholars to lead the way into a more sustainable future, and create greater food accessibility and food security around the globe.

Sustainability and Stewardship: Our Environmental Commitment

Beyond education, the Mushroom Conservatory is committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship. We explore and implement eco-friendly cultivation techniques, contribute to local ecosystems through fungi-based projects, and strive to raise awareness about the environmental benefits of mushrooms.

Your Invitation to Discover and Grow

Whether you’re interested in growing your own mushrooms, learning about their medicinal properties, or simply want to be part of a community that shares your interest in these extraordinary organisms, the Mushroom Conservatory is your gateway to a world of discovery.

Let’s embark on this mycological journey together!

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