Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation
Join us for two jam-packed days of hands-on skills in edible mushroom propagation. Learn how to grow delicious oyster, shiitake 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 focuses on creating resilient strains of mycelium which can better handle natural environments, 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 very little startup cost.
In this workshop you will learn:
- The basics of how mycelium works in nature
- An overview of the fungi of Australia
- ‘Cloning’ store-bought mushrooms to make your own mycelium
- Making agar to grow spawn, ready to be transferred to substrate
- Making grain and sawdust spawn for cultivating mushrooms in bags
- Inoculating logs with spawn in order to grow shiitake mushrooms
- How to create mushroom gardens 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 heap of fun and extremely interesting 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, as well as a USB stick packed with 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 tea + coffee + organic fruit during the day.
About your teacher:
Nick Ritar is a passionate small-scale mushroom cultivator who heads the mushroom propagation project at Milkwood Farm. Nick has trained with world-leading mycologist Paul Stamets from Fungi Perfecti and has been teaching mushroom propagation for a number of years.
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.
Some resources to get you thinking:
- How to make a shiitake log
- Growing mushrooms on sawdust spawn
- Permaculture with a Mycological twist
- Making a woodchip mushroom garden
Booking into this workshop
You can pay for your course below with your credit card. If you prefer, contact Trev in our office on 02 5300 4473 or [email protected] to arrange payment by credit card or direct deposit over the phone. We’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have.
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