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Phillip Balke has been a resident of the North Central Texas Plains bioregion since 1989. Since early on he has enjoyed being outside and enjoying the abundance of nature. He moved to San Marcos, TX where he earned a degree in Psychology with a minor in Horticulture. He is currently working on Masters in the interdisciplinary field of Sustainability, focusing on regenerative agriculture, environmental ethics, and people’s relationship to the natural world. As a professional Arborist, he spends his days caring for trees and finding the fungi those trees live with. In addition to working with and learning about fungi, plants and people, Phillip also enjoys playing music, exploring inner- and outer spaces, and discussing culture, history, and politics. Did we mention FUNGI!!!!

Follow along with Phillip as we deep dive into:

Mushroom Farming, Co-ops, and Sustainable Local Economies

Mushroom farming utilizes agricultural waste products to grow nutritious food and medicines for our communities. However starting a farm requires a significant amount of start-up capital, which is cost prohibitive to most people. Cooperative business model offers a way for those looking to start a farm a way to spread the costs and benefits among the stakeholders of the business. Co-ops help keep money cycling within a community and help spread the wealth throughout them instead concentrating in the hands of a few people. This class will cover cooperative business in the context of mushroom farming and a general introduction to cooperative businesses.