I am on an extended visit in australia with family and have been tossed into the local burning man community to satisfy my social needs. I have immediately generated quite an interest in mycology and have agreed to basically teach a class to several (more every time i turn around) interested parties. I will cover the PF tek, bulk methods and basic lab technique including cloning and strain isolation, probably using edibles as a template as no one has prints that i know of. No big deal, burners are largely the intellectual debauched sort, and this group is mostly comprised of computer geeks, electronic music DJs, engineers and PhDs. I have no fear at all that any of them will be able to make the jump to 'the good stuff' using the knowledge that i'll be teaching them.
The problem is that i'm a stranger in a strange land and gathering supplies here seems kind of daunting. Very VERY little corn is grown here, which is pretty for an american like me. Popcorn and WBS are usually my grains of choice, but popcorn is out and WBS in any quantity costs your first born child. In fact, everything is incredibly expensive here. I'm still reeling a bit from sticker shock, even though i've been here for extended periods before. I'm a celiac so i can't really come into contact with wheat, barley or rye, so that's not leaving me a lot to work with here. I found oat groats (whole grain, unprocessed oats) in the health food store that was somewhat reasonably priced and that seems like it would be comparable to other grains, but i'm not 100% sure.