Spore and sport prints

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Last Saturday a neighbour asked me to identify a mushroom. He thought it was a Swiss Brown (Agaricus bisporus) and wanted me to confirm it. I didn't think it was but said I'd conduct a spore print for him. Later that day I found what I thought was a Swiss Brown and added it to the page. My neighbour's mushroom (on the left) left a white spore print, my mushroom (on the right) left a dark brown spore print true to Swiss Brown mushrooms.

Here's what the two mushrooms look like underneath. They are fairly aged. With mushrooms it is easier to identify them when they are younger, however spore prints are extremely helpful for identification and might just help you decide not to eat a particular mushroom that could be toxic.

On other printing news, as one of the resident artists in the local soccer team one of my jobs is to mark out the pitch. On Sunday, just before the games began, this is what it looked like. 

Our soccer club probably has more artists, food gardeners and community gardeners (non-conformists) per capita than any other club in Australia, and possibly one of the only grounds where mushrooms commonly grow amongst the weeds and introduced grasses. Our canteen is developing as a model for healthy community food – this is what I mean by non-conformist.


A brief journey through ecological crisis (a brief history of privatisation)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

plough (agriculture)
> 10000 <

hierarchy (debt)
> 5000 <

literacy (industrialisation)
> 300 <

skyscraper (cheap oil)
> 80 <

hypertechnocivility (blood minerals)
> 30 <

Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead showing skyscraper font born out of the monocultural field.


Civility today (or, more notes on unaccountable violence – the pepper spray remix)

University of California at Davis (Photo: Louise Macabitas)
Rio (Photo: Victor Caivano)
Istanbul (Screenshot via Osman Orsal /YouTube)


More courses available...

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I've extended my foraging classes indefinitely through the Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre. But I will also travel to take them in your neck of the woods.


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