Danielle Stevenson
Founder of D.I.Y. Fungi
Danielle Stevenson is an applied mycologist and the founder of D.I.Y. Fungi, which offers education and mushroom cultures to help people of all ages grow mushrooms for food, medicine, and earth renewal. Through D.I.Y Fungi, and her diverse work as a food systems consultant and community organizer, Danielle develops projects which build community capacity to address interconnected environmental problems of waste and soil and water pollution, especially where they interact with food systems and ecological systems. Currently these include "Healing City Soils" - a soil science literacy project which provides free heavy metal testing for farmers and gardeners, and several low-tech, accessible myco-remediation protocols to address specific toxic waste products in partnership with colleges, businesses, and townships. She is a board member of CoRenewal, and other efforts to incorporate fungi into food security and remediation programs in North America and around the world, including South Africa and a food waste to myco-protein project at UC Riverside through the Global Food Initiative. Danielle is currently a PhD Student in Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Riverside as part of the Soil Biogeochemistry Group, where she studies how arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi can inhibit heavy metal uptake into food crops. She is also fundraising chair for the Association for Women in Science (Riverside Chapter), a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Fellow, a Global Food Initiative fellow, an EDGE institute award recipient, and a previous Public Lab Community Soil Science Fellow.