Peter McCoy is a self-taught mycologist and co-author of Radical Mycology, the essential go-to compendium on accessible mycology and mushroom cultivation. Peter is also the lead cultivation expert for Open Source Ecology and the Amazon Mycorenewal Project.
Peter’s aim is to facilitate a greater understanding of the symbiotic interrelationship between fungi and humans, while communicating the importance of these organisms and their role of maintaining ecological resilience in the web of life.
A ceaselessly curious autodidact, artist, social organizer, mushroom cultivator, and educator, Peter’s daily practice centers on research as well as cultivating and foraging fungi.
As a teacher, McCoy speaks to a diverse group of communities on the topic of mycoculture, from academic audiences to DIY hobbyists and professional organizations. He is well known for making the topic accessible to all while communicating the necessary skills to understand and work with mushrooms and other fungi.
Peter is available for consultation on mushroom cultivation and remediation design, site surveys, lectures, informal talks, and teaching assignments. His unique and accessible approach to teaching mycology has brought him to present at The Permaculture Voices Conference, The Village Building Convergence, The Telluride Mushroom Festival, The Breitenbush Herbal Conference, The National Brownfield’s Conference, and The North American Mycological Association, as well as for countless community groups across North America.
He resides in Portland, Oregon, the heart of the mycotopic bioregion of Cascadia.
Praise for Radical Mycology:
“…[T]he best work on medical mushrooms that exists in print. It is, well, incredible.” – Stephen Buhner, author of Sacred Plant Medicine, Sacred & Healing Herbals Beers, and Healing Lyme
“…[Radical Mycology] deserves a reserved spot on the bookshelves of all amateur and professional mycologists. I highly recommend it.” – Robert Rogers, author of The Fungal Pharmacy
“What an amazing compendium! Radical Mycology is filled with provocative ideas and practical information for DIY projects. This is a great resource for anyone fascinated by the ubiquitous world of fungi and wishing to broaden their understanding of this important realm. Be prepared to totally geek out on fungi.” – Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation
“Radical Mycology translates the knowledge of an obscure and marginalized discipline into a science for the people. From strategies for food production and soil decontamination to an exploration of fungal ecology and bioprocesses, Radical Mycology will empower all manner of citizen ecological activists with the tools to build critical mycological alliances.” – Scott Kellogg, author of Toolbox for Sustainable City Living
“Radical Mycology offers an in-depth analysis of the history, contemporary use, and future of people’s interaction and partnership with fungi. The scope is wide, yet Peter McCoy provides information in an accessible way for the lay reader as well as seasoned mushroom foragers and cultivators. From food to medicine to remediation, the fungal kingdom provides a host of beneficial uses for people and the ecosystems we depend on, and McCoy illustrates the great potential of increasing our understanding of these fascinating organisms. Radical Mycology is a must read for those seeking to deepen their appreciation for these critical components of terrestrial ecology.” – Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Plants
“Radical Mycology is a must for believers, and an end for non-believers. Peter McCoy indulges the reader into the depths of the mystical, spiritual, technical and practical aspects of all things fungal in one of the most elaborate mycological reads I’ve ever come across.” – Giuliana Furci, founder of The Fungi Foundation and author of Fungi of Chile
“Peter McCoy has given us a bold container and nutritious substrate. May we digest this substrate’s food and carry our metabolic energy into the field, the forest and the streets, for indeed, the mycelium is the message.” – Nance Klehm, author of The Ground Rules
“Simply stated, no personal, professional, community, college, or university library Mycology/Fungi instructional reference collection will be either complete or comprehensive without the inclusion of Peter McCoy’s superbly written, deftly organized and exceptionally well presented Radical Mycology.” – Midwest Book Review
“Peter McCoy has written a textbook on mycology. He thoroughly and articulately describes the world of fungi from evolution to cultural use to biological cycle to cultivation and beyond. For many mushroom lovers, their enjoyment of our fungal friends stops at the kitchen counter. Some many extend their interest to mushroom hunting. Those of us with a scientific glint in our eyes want more and McCoy provides more. Much more.” – The Practical Herbalist
“In Radical Mycology we have a book that covers the world of fungi from mushroom ketchup to mycoremediation, and all with a passionate, entertaining and very readable writing style.” – Milkwood Permaculture
“There is something here that will interest virtually every person you know…I can’t recall a more truly groundbreaking book ever coming across my desk. Radical Mycology might have a niche subject and a limited audience on first glance, but the astounding thing about this book is how well McCoy conveys the universal importance of fungi and makes his passion interesting and engaging for everyday readers. Whether you are a mushroom hunter, a home brewer, a restauranter, or just a person who likes to learn fascinating things about the natural world, Radical Mycology is worth the price and the time.” – Independent Publisher