the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a network of fine white filaments (hyphae).
The process of fungal expansion as mycelium grows through its substrate
To actively cultivate fungi from waste materials to create fertile soils, food, and medicine that sustains us
To myceliate is to work towards the protection of life on Earth, including our own. For millions of years, fungi have been quietly growing and evolving beneath the surface of the world, decomposing, recycling, and regulating nutrients through ecosystems. As a relatively young species, we humans grew out of an Earth that rested on the foundations of mycelial activity. We depend on fungi to keep the cycles of life in motion, and we want to teach people to see the threads and connections that tie us to this incredible form of life.
We strive to connect individuals with nature and with others to form symbiotic inter-species communities, where we as humans are but one member of a mycelial web of life that respects biodiversity and holds wild landscapes in reverence. We strive to break down old systems that harm the planet we depend on, to decompose dead and harmful ways of living that compromise our existence.
Here at Myceliate, we believe that by working with fungi to regenerate damaged ecosystems we can reverse much of the damage that has been wrought over centuries of inadequate land stewardship. We must not forget that we too are members in this community of life, and by learning once again how to participate in our landscapes positively through conscientious foraging, mushroom cultivation, and ecosystem restoration practices, we can shift the mindset of society from consumption and extraction, to restoration and symbiosis. By learning about fungi, we learn what it means to be human again.
I am a mycologist, gardener, wild food enthusiast, and teacher. I teach people how to cultivate mushrooms to produce food, medicine, and to identify wild species through foraging courses. I aim to showcase the importance of fungi in our personal wellbeing, and our society’s sustainability, and ultimately, to promote the protection of fungi through conservation and habitat restoration.
As a gardener and permaculturist, I search for ways to incorporate fungi into garden ecosystems that emulate species interactions in the wild, and have experience in indoor cultivation on both a home- and commercial-scale.
I am currently studying Plant and Fungal Biodiversity, Taxonomy, and Conservation at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and Queen Mary University.