Good Food Neighbors are Blogging! PASA thanks this volunteer corp of guest bloggers, who have stepped forward to share their experiences, points of view and the goings-on in their communities with the Good Food Neighborhood. We look forward to sharing their fresh perspectives in this blog.
Part I: Inoculation
By Jennifer Hine
I’m not exactly sure how the obsession began, but in the past few years I have been on a mission to live more sustainably. After completing a permaculture certificate program through the School of Living in Freeland, Maryland in 2012, I was sure I had been forever changed. My fellow permie buddies and I, all strangers when the course began, bunked at a commune every weekend that we had class. I met folks through this experience, some commune members and others just course takers like me, that are permanently ingrained in my memory, some in my heart.
When a desire for change strikes within you, try exploring how others go about everyday life. It was incredibly eye opening to share close quarters with people who otherwise would’ve meant nothing more to me than a stranger passing by on the street. I learned about passive design, what hugelkultur is and how to pronounce it, how to plant asparagus, and how to build with natural materials. I got so much out of the experience by way of the relationships I made, but one of the initial things that attracted me to the course was that mushroom inoculation was on the syllabus. I find fungus fascinating and oddly beautiful, and along with other things I consume, I’ve always wanted to know how to grow mushrooms myself.