I was interested in thinking about people who hadn't been to the Garden before, or who aren't always included in those spaces.
For the third workshop, I was interested in thinking about people who hadn't been to the Garden before, or who aren't always included in those spaces. I worked with Susy (@queer.as.funghi on Instagram) to connect with queer people aged 18-25 in Hackney. Susy led an amazing queer walk around Hackney, introducing people to fungi as well as some myths and stories behind them. Participants were encouraged to think about why mushrooms are queer and their mutual aid networks and solidarity beneath the soil. We also had turkey tail mushroom tea, which is a very healing drink.
I learned a lot about mushrooms from Susy's ID walk and that's given me the confidence to go out and try to identify things. Jelly ear fungus (Auricularia auricula-judae) is one of my favourites. It’s amazing to have learnt how much fungi can be used in our everyday lives, recipes, regenerative materials as well as art and design, such as mycelium bricks. The project has really drawn me to working hands-on with the soil and learn as much as I can about plants, fungi and their symbiotic relationships. I’ve learnt so much from some incredible gardeners, ecologists and local communities about this incredible life we have, even in the city, I now find it very difficult to walk down the street without stopping to look at all the plants!