Soil Series continues with Peter McCoy
Peter McCoy speaks on behalf of the fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented organisms in the web of life. An interdisciplinary, systems-oriented mycology educator with 16 years of accumulated study and experience, Peter is an original founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the many ways to work with fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. Peter is the lead cultivation expert for the Amazon Mycorenewal Project and the mycology advisor to Open Source Ecology and Permaculture Magazine North America. Apart from his work with fungi, he is also a community organizer, artist, musician, lecturer, and teacher.
In 2016, Peter released Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working With Fungi, a 650-page book on accessible mycology, mushroom cultivation, mycoremediation, and more. The book has since been hailed as one of the most accessible texts on the science and art of mycology, offering unique, thorough, and cutting-edge insights and applications in the rapidly evolving field.
Peter’s work has been featured in various news and media outlets around the world such as Salon, GOOD.is, Grist, Vice’s Motherboard, and The Survival Podcast. And his unique approach to teaching accessible mycology has brought him to present at The Permaculture Voices Conference, The Village Building Convergence, The Telluride Mushroom Festival, The Breitenbush Herbal Conference, The National Brownfield’s Conference, and The North American Mycological Association, as well as for countless community groups around the world.
From his mushroom homestead in Portland, Oregon, Peter’s daily practice centers on cultivating, researching, and foraging for new intersections between healthy human and fungal relations. Peter is available for consultation on mushroom cultivation and remediation design, site surveys, lectures, informal talks, and teaching assignments. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.