Date(s) - 06/05/2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This event is for crew on the In-Situ inoculation for the Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms fungal degradation demonstration. This event is considered a skilled activity. This will be an open air, large scale inoculation activity, and all volunteers are subject to approval. Minimal sterile technique protocols may not minimize vectors for CoronaVirus, social distancing should be implemented, if still required. IF YOU ARE ILL DO NOT COME. Please call beforehand and cancel, there will be other opportunities.
We will be inoculating large piles of wood chips with spawn blocks. We will use gloves and face masks to minimize contamination. This will be a strenuous activity in the sun. A full listing of items to bring, and situations to be aware of in open mountain environments can be found Here: https://volunteer.cusp.ws/?page_id=559
This event will take place at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms https://goo.gl/maps/XoV4ZxVU1rPhFN5S8
We will meet and carpool. Parking is limited at the farm, and need for volunteers is also limited. You will be contacted if you are approved for this event. This is a final inoculation of 100-120 Bags of: 4-5 species.
You MUST fill out a CUSP volunteer release form prior to attending your first event, Find It Here:https://volunteer.cusp.ws/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/CUSP_Vol_ReleaseForm.pdf
The Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) is five years into studying the use of native wood-rotting mushrooms to convert woody biomass into a compost material that closely resembles natural humus. The process requires no admixture of organic materials and produces essentially zero methane (CH3) a greenhouse gas that is up to 20 times more detrimental to the atmosphere than Carbon Dioxide (per molecule). The Carbon content of the mushroom compost is still under study, but appears to be up to twice the ratio found in standard microbial produced compost. This suggests the potential for carbon sequestration within a natural process. It is hoped that these techniques will lead to new and unique methods of processes waste forest slash and post-fire landscape restoration.