Join us for two jam-packed days of hands-on skills in edible mushroom propagation. Learn how to grow delicious oyster, shiitake, pioppino, enoki, reishi (lingzhi), lion’s mane, king stropharia and many other mushrooms at home, organically!
This practical workshop will take you through the details of home mushroom propagation and introduce you to the fascinating world of fungi. You’ll also receive a host of take-home mushroom resources to get you growing.
Our approach is designed to give you the knowledge and tools to grow a sustainable, diverse mushroom supply at home – all year round.
We use minimal intervention with our mushroom propagation and focus on teaching resilient processes that are better suited to home cultivation, rather than the climate-controlled approach of conventional large-scale mushroom propagation.
By the end of this course you will have the skills to take any suitable store-bought or foraged mushroom, clone and propagate it in a variety of ways, and create a lifetime supply of free mushrooms with minimal start up costs.
- The biology & ecology of Fungi
- ‘Cloning’ store-bought mushrooms to make your own pure culture on agar plates
- Producing spore prints and using them to produce new varieties of mushrooms
- Duplicating agar cultures so you can keep a master bank of different species
- Using agar cultures to inoculate organic grain or sawdust to make mushroom spawn
- How to use that spawn to inoculate freely available materials to grow massive amounts of mushrooms
- How to create the conditions to encourage your fungi to produce the best mushrooms
- How to inoculate logs with sawdust & dowel spawn in order to grow the highest quality shiitake mushrooms
- How to create a garden of giant mushrooms in your backyard
Growing your own organic mushrooms is a great way to introduce important trace minerals to your family’s diet, as well as being a fun and extremely interesting thing to do.
Growing organic mushrooms can lead to a successful micro-enterprise that fits well with many small farms, homesteads and urban growers. Once you know how to do it, there is very little ongoing cost.
So if you’re curious about how to start growing mushrooms in bags, logs or in the ground and how to propagate your own strains of mycelium for a lifetime supply, join us!
Your course fee includes:
Each student receives extensive mushroom propagation resources for this Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation course, as well as extensive digital resources & how-tos to help you get growing.
Each course’s resources will vary, so the image below is indicative only.
Your course fee also includes a complimentary summer harvest lunch spread of local bread, cheese and veggies each day – as well as refreshments during the course.
About your teacher
Nick Ritar is a passionate small-scale mushroom cultivator who heads the mushroom propagation project at Milkwood. Nick has trained with world-leading mycologist Paul Stamets from Fungi Perfecti and has been teaching mushroom propagation since 2011.
His passion for knowledge and hands-on skills is infectious, and his aim with this workshop is that you will leave confident and ready to take on a wide range of mushroom propagation techniques at home.
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About the venue
This course will be held in the school hall at Hepburn Primary School. There’s also an optional Saturday afternoon after-class tour, to explore Nick’s home mushroom cultivation setup just down the street at Melliodora.
Booking into this workshop
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Please ensure you read our refunds policy prior to booking your course.