The mushroom zoetrope on video!


Here is a first attempt at capturing our zoetrope – How Mushrooms Grow, an Interactive Sculpture, by Belly & Bones – on film. Many thanks to Matty Sidle for filming and Esquivel for the music. Artists Tony Candelaria and Stef Choi designed and built this zoetrope for the Oregon Mushroom Stories project. It premiered at … Continue reading

Mushroom News We’re Reading


Glasstire: The future is fungal – so says artists Phil Ross, who builds structures with reishi mushrooms. Oregon’s Agricultural Progress: The world of genomics goes fungal. High Country News: Startling and fascinating photos by Eirik Johnson of migrant foragers in the Pacific Northwest. Fast Company: Mushrooms eat plastic? Then get to work! Times Magazine: “I … Continue reading

Here is our KBOO radio interview. Check it out!


Here is the radio program, hosted by the wonderful Chris Seigel of Wealth Underground Farm and Farm to Artist Road Snacks podcast, about our mushroom fair and the zoetrope, which aired on KBOO (90.7 fm in Portland) on December 19, 2012. The whole show is really nice. Thank you so much, Chris! [Feature image photo … Continue reading

Nov 29: Mushroom, Mold & Yeast Feast

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Please join us for an intimate dinner prepared by Naoko Tamura of Chef Naoko’s Bento Café. We’ll explore and savor wild and cultivated mushrooms prepared with traditional Japanese ingredients that gain their flavors through processes using molds: miso, sake, shoyu, katsuo-bushi, salt koji, and more. This dinner is a unique opportunity to learn from mushroom … Continue reading

Dec 2 – 3: Come see our exhibition


Artist collective Belly & Bones (Stef Choi & Tony Candelaria) is creating an interactive zoetrope sculpture that presents a fungi life cycle, from mycelia to mushroom. This larger-than-life zoetrope (four feet in diameter!) presents a sequence of sculptures that sprout into mushrooms right before your eyes. Alongside the mycelium zoetrope, on December 2 from 2 … Continue reading

Grow your own mushrooms


This summer, my friend Erin left a small box on my kitchen counter. Within days, this began. I took these photos over the course of three mornings. What in the world!? The box came from Back to the Roots, a business that recycles used coffee grounds by inoculating them with oyster mushroom spores. The coffee … Continue reading

Fleshy, tawny, stewed with butter… Must be a mushroom out of history!


Co-worker and friend Kate Carone has dug up 19th century Oregonian articles that mention or focus on mushrooms in the Multnomah County Public Library archives. We are combing through and will post excerpts from our favorites periodically. This is the second post in our series Mushroom Out of History.   September 15, 1895. By Mr. … Continue reading

A frilled, quilled collar, a mushroomy odor… Must be a mushroom out of history!


Co-worker and friend Kate Carone has dug up 19th century Oregonian articles that mention or focus on mushrooms in the Multnomah County Public Library archives. We are combing through and will post excerpts from our favorites periodically. This is the first post in our series Mushroom Out of History.   October 17, 1898. Author unknown. … Continue reading

Introducing Mush Babe!


I designed this character after my dear friend Lola Milholland (director of our Oregon Mushroom Stories project) for her birthday in February. I tried to capture many of the things I adore about Lola: her love of pickles, old Japanese cartoons, playing soccer in a skirt, and her lifelong love of mushrooms. Gary of Container … Continue reading

Jordan Weiss is Bemushroomed

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Jordan Weiss is a 47-year-old self-taught mycologist who lives in Corvallis. He’s been in love with mushrooms since the early 1970s and enjoys sharing his low-tech approaches to mushroom cultivation with anyone interested in raising their own mushroom patches. This interview is part of the Oregon Mushroom Stories’ Community Reporters Project. Please participate if you … Continue reading

Tony Migas and Ed Foy Grow Lots of Mushrooms


For two weekends in April, I attended classes about how to grow mushrooms at home. The first was taught by local cultivator Tony Migas, recently the president of the Oregon Mycological Society and an intrepid home cultivator who once tended 45 shitake logs in one small room of his home. (He also claims that he … Continue reading

Share your stories: Join the Community Reporters Project!

Dane and a hefty cauliflower mushroom.

We are seeking stories by and about mushroom foragers or cultivators in Oregon. If you love mushrooms – or know someone who does – please join our Community Reporters Project. We have questions; please interview yourselves, your family members, co-workers, children – whoever has a good mushroom story to tell. Send us your answers in … Continue reading

Doing the Mushwalk


As a contribution to the Oregon Mushroom Stories, artist Corey Lunn made this looped animation of a golden chanterelle speed-walking along!

The Secret Sound of Spores, a musical installation


Mycologists estimate that during its lifetime, a single mushroom will drop as many as 16 billion of its seed-like spores. You can capture these spores on paper if you take a spore print (instructions here), but in nature, the slightest wind carries the spores far and wide. In a breath-taking sound and art installation that … Continue reading

Introducing our project


In my earliest memory of hunting for chanterelles, I’m squatting on squishy fir needles. (I would have been four, maybe five years old, so I didn’t have to stoop very low to reach the ground.) I’m chasing mushrooms from one to the next, always able to look up and find another golden bit poking out. … Continue reading

Lost hedgehog hunters, rescued!


Last week, with wonder and relief, I learned that the three mushroom pickers who had disappeared in southwest Oregon near the coast were found after six nights without food or shelter. Using a sheath knife and a dead cellphone, Dan and Belinda Conne, both 47, and their 25-year-old son Michael, signaled to helicopters overhead through … Continue reading

Humongous fungus


Oregon is home to the largest known living organism in the world. In Malheur National Forest, near the eastern edge of the state, a network of mycelium stretches underground for 2,384 acres, an area as big as 1,665 football fields or 4 square miles. Scientific American (October 4, 2007) reports that this sprawling organism is … Continue reading

I’d like to die in a Mushroom Death Suit

Jae Rhim Lee wearing the Mushroom Death Suit. Image: Mikey Siegel

Artist Jae Rhim Lee has been working to create a Mushroom Death Suit. Yes, this is a suit that turns a corpse into living mushrooms. Specifically, these ninja-looking outfits have threads woven throughout that have been infused with very carefully selected mushroom spores suited to decompose bodies. An embalming fluid – to be released postmortem … Continue reading

“Are you really, seriously suggesting that Jesus Christ was a mushroom?”


From an interview of John M. Allegro, author of The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross, found on the absolutely wonderful blog Paddestoelen Paradijs, out of a gallery in Amsterdam that is doing mushroom art projects. You can read Allegro’s writing on the subject in a series of articles for the London Sunday Mirror in 1970 … Continue reading

Fresh Air, full of spores

On the NPR show Fresh Air, Terry Gross recently interviewed mycologist Nicholas Money, who studies mushrooms and mold. His new book, Mushrooms, looks at the history and science of mushrooms around the world, and their inclination to grow just about everywhere (including the back of a man’s throat.) “Every breath that we take — from … Continue reading