Mushroom Soil, Banjo Craft, and Other Profiles

This installment of an ongoing series profiling resourceful, innovative, self-sufficient people features stories about a California professor who uses straw as mushroom soil and an Oklahoma man who has devoted himself to banjo craft.

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Dr. Kurtzman examines a fungal specimen grown in straw, aka "mushroom soil."
PHOTO: TOYA MORGAN/USDA AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE (MUSHROOM)