Mushroom Shed, is a ten year community based durational project space for cultivating edible and medicinal mushrooms. Mushroom Shed is an experimental laboratory for educational workshops, a place to meet up for discussions about nutrition and self care, and a lab where visitors can explore art and the environment. To me as a researcher, Mushroom Shed is a collaborative community artwork. In this essay, I will examine the mushroom life cycle as a metaphorical model for this type of work. Conditions, substrate, spores, hyphae, mycelium, and fruit body will be the component parts for understanding this practical framework.