In this free community workshop, we will collectively engage with the powers that fungi have in helping detox the pollution in our environment.
Together, we will share tea, learn about mushrooms and remediation through hands-on experiences. We will install a mycoremediation site at the Española Healing Foods Oasis to filter water run-off from the above parking lot.
Through a mycoremediation process called biosorption, fungal mycelium can immobilize heavy metals within their biomass by merely coming into contact with heavy metals. The mycelium essentially acts as a magnet – binding immediately with the metals.
Participants will also get to take home small mushroom kits to watch the growth and development of these amazing organisms.
Kaitlin Bryson lives and works in the high deserts of New Mexico, and has spent her life working as an artist and organic farmer. Drawing from her experience as a cultivator, she makes artwork that illuminates the processual nature of life through the lens of transformation. Biological materials are embedded into her work so that the "finished" pieces have the potential to play, transform, and live out their own dynamic processes. Her work unfolds as restorative gestures for human and nonhuman audiences, serving as a reminder that mutability and adaptability are the common grounds we all inhabit.
HOW TO FIND THE HEALING FOODS OASIS:
The garden is located next to the Española Public Library (at 313 N Paseo de Oñate) and behind the Española City Hall. Parking is available in the library/Lucero Center lot, or along Vietnam Veteran's Road adjacent to Valdez Park. The EHFO is situated on the slope behind City Hall that goes down into the park.