October 2012 Market-Ready Oyster and Shiitake Mushrooms, First Nations

Market-Ready Shiitake and Oyster Mushroom Logs

The first shiitake and oyster mushroom logs are starting to fruit! They are available for order at the Collingwood Farmer’s Market this Saturday and next Saturday morning. Each log is complete with instructions and makes a great gift for anyone. Know your local grower, save money on fresh mushrooms, and don’t spend the ridiculous prices for ones on the Internet or Blahblaws.

Thank you to everyone who has filled out the property survey to assist Eden in Season. For everyone who hasn’t, now’s your chance (and one of the trivia questions has already been answered for you). The draw for the inoculated shiitake mushroom log will take place in spring.

First Nations as Forest Gardeners
A little-known fact is that many First Nations consciously practiced climax forest gardening. Their efforts were so harmonized with nature it was invisible to the Europeans, who argued the First Nations were not making ‘productive’ (arable) use of their land. This is not surprising considering who writes the history, and how systematic the removal of this evidence has been. Yet, if you ‘Wiki’ the Neutral Nation, there is one startling observation from F. Douglas Reville noting the seemingly abundant fruit and nut trees that were prevalent.

Not likely competitive north of the Southern Ontario tobacco belt, there have been reports of isolated shagbark hickory stands in Southern Georgian Bay and the Ottawa Valley. Hmmm, natural occurrence or deliberate planting?

Might they have also been sprinkling mushroom dust in between songs and practical jokes while hiking along the ridge of the primordial serpent (Bruce Trail)?
Anyone know which two First Nations historically inhabited the Southern Georgian Bay area we now occupy? Feel free to comment on this post.

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