Fungi Frontier

Rainbow Grow

We will be transforming a virtually unused bit of concrete into a thriving fungi habitat. Whilst educating ourselves and other members of the local community about native fungi we plan to celebrate the fun in FUNgi.

Visitor Information

Hackney CVS
24-30 Dalston Lane
Hackney
London
E8 3AZ

Rainbow Grow sessions are open to everyone who supports our aim of providing a welcoming space for those identifying as LGBTQI+ to take part in horticultural activities. The site will is open to all staff and services users and those taking part in Rainbow Grow’s regular gardening sessions, training, open days & special events.
The wider community can get involved by helping to set up the fungi growing area &/or attending training on offer.

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Volunteering opportunities / Upcoming events

Rainbow Grow is located at HCVS and Age UK, Dalston. The Fungi Frontier will be part of a wider re-greening project that includes an accessible raised-bed garden (currently being developed). We are just down fro Dalston Junction Station. We meet on a regular basis (most Tuesdays and usually one weekend day each month). Join us and be part of a multi-generational, gardening initiative where diversity thrives.

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Photos of the site

Before!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Cutting the logs to size

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Logs arrive onsite-so beautiful!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Putting raised beds together

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Looking a whole lot better

Saturday, April 27, 2019

More site preparation

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wood chip - maybe too green?

Friday, May 10, 2019

Part of the Chelsea Fringe

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Learning to grow mushrooms at CF

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Mixing spawn into straw

Saturday, May 18, 2019

This used to be a fridge...

Monday, May 20, 2019

Prepping the logs

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

holes, plugs, wax...

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Repurposing for mushroom growing

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Accessibility is built-in

Friday, May 31, 2019

More re-purposing for fungi

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Different materials & mushrooms

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Shiitake health check.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Open Day inc Fungi Frontier tour

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Re-purposing a water butt section

Monday, August 12, 2019

Our first wine cap mushroom

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

What we've been up to

What we did When we did it How many people took part Who was there
Joint session with Project Indigo which included an introduction to our mushroom growing site. 15/08/2019 - 16:30 12 Mostly young people 12-25
Held a special Mushroom Monday (focussed gardening session). 12/08/2019 - 17:30 6 Mostly adults 25+
Took part in HCVS Open day/Evening. Rainbow Grow coordinator did tours of our growing space including Fungi Frontier. 24/07/2019 - 16:30 50 Mostly adults 25+
Took part in HCVS Open day/Evening. Rainbow Grow coordinator did tours of our growing space including Fungi Frontier. 24/07/2019 - 16:30 50 Mostly adults 25+
We had a mushroom focussed gardening evening. 23/07/2019 - 17:30 8 Mixed ages
Practical session - Learning how to grow wine cap mushrooms using straw 04/06/2019 - 17:00 6 Mixed ages
Practical session - Learning how to grow shiitake mushrooms in logs 21/05/2019 - 17:00 6 Mostly adults 25+
CHELSEA FRINGE EVENT Back to the Future: Mushroom Growing in a (possibly) Post-Brexit Britain Mushroom growing with Darren Springer 18/05/2019 - 11:00 14 Mostly adults 25+
Fungi Foundations: the first foray into our fungi frontier Education session led by Rich Wright Mushroom-based snacks by KEENTOGREEN 30/04/2019 - 18:00 12 Mixed ages