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Much like the residents of the Skyland neighborhood, fungal mats are the most prolific biological entities on the planet and respond with inherent intelligence to stressed environments by recycling plant and animal debris into a nutritious food source... As illustrated on the Denver Neighborhood Seed Company packet shown above, Skyland Mushroom spawn is mycelial tissue of fungi, which is mixed with sawdust and used to propagate the popular morel, oyster and shiitake mushroom strains. Skyland basements are the perfect habitat for cultivating all matter of fungal material in a variety of substrates, and growing mushrooms is a perfect winter activity for frustrated gardeners.

Colorado has a rich history of nurturing fungus fanatics. Paonia native Terence McKenna's "Stoned Ape" theory of human evolution asserts that Homo erectus was transformed into Homo sapiens by ingesting mushrooms, which produced effects that dissolved the ego into harmonious feelings of natural order.

Current residents of the Skyland neighborhood are working on growing fungal mats in contaminated soil. Besides aiding environmental reclamation and soil conservation, fungus will be grown and dried into shapes that will take the place of highly toxic styrofoam and used as packing material for shipping electronic devices.

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