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Learning the way of the mycelium

February 3, 2012 | Courses + Workshops, Mushroom Cultivation, Mushrooms, Small Farm Skills | 2 comments | Author:

So it turns out that mushroom cultivation is really easy – once you wrap your head around all the intricacies, that is. And setting aside all the ‘wow’ moments you’ll have as you begin to delve into the wonderful world of fungi. But apart from that, it’s simple!

We just hosted a mushroom propagation course at Milkwood Farm, and it was a full-on two days. So much awesomeness! So many possibilities! Why don’t we all learn mushroom propagation in kindergarten? It’s a total fit.

Pending how-tos and why-tos as we lope along the path of mushroom growing at Milkwood Farm (we intend to do quite a bit of it), here’s a peek into the first weekend of fungi induced fun + learning.

Sharn’s fab ‘from mushroom to mushroom’ diagram. Click to enlarge

Adam Kennedy drilling ‘just a couple’ of logs for shiitake plugs…
Bring on the shiitake!
Shiitake mycelium on grain spawn, colonising plugs to be inserted into logs…
Plugging plugs into logs to grow shiitake mushrooms
Sourdough cinnamon swirls (with Milkwood honey) – Rose outdoing herself again…
Nick’s flow chart of how mushroom cultivation works (we were all trying to wrap our heads around it)
Just picked blackberries, plus pastry and almond meal, equals yum.
Using a very DIY ‘glove box’ as a still air, semi-sterile environment to clone mushrooms from shop-bought cuttings
Learning to propogate mycelium from mushroom samples
Making sawdust and straw substrate to grow mycelium on
Sterilising the substrate before adding mycelium
Showing the class how to prep ingredients

Our woolshed is now stacked with bags of spawn, and there are shiitake logs piled high outside, awaiting their final resting place in the forest garden… so much still to learn, but we’re getting there!

We run Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation courses in Sydney and beyond, if you’d like to learn how!

A modest harvest of field mushrooms that popped up out of the grass near the woolshed during the course, as if to join in the fun…

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  • http://www.ciupercile.ro Ioana Tudor

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    Foarte frumos si instructiv. Bravo

  • Shane

    cool I want to learn as well wish I had the time to invest…. old timers say that mushies find you, not you find them… I tend to agree :)

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