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Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation

August 10th - 11th, 2019 ( 9:00 am - 5:00 pm )

University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus

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A special edition for staff and students of Melbourne University – CLICK HERE TO BOOK. Please note that bookings + all student enquiries need to go through Melbourne Uni for this course.

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), lions 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.

“What I appreciated most was the weaving together of ecological, practical and ethical information in a very accessible way, which is not easy to do. Thank you for your generosity and energy.” – Laura, spring 2017


Our approach is designed to give you the knowledge and tools to grow a sustainable, diverse mushroom supply at home – all year round.

We encourage techniques that minimise waste and energy use and focus on teaching resilient processes – ones that take advantage of the seasons and micro-climates around your property… rather than the conventional approach of single use bags and expensive climate controlled environments.

You’ll also learn advanced liquid culture techniques so you can avoid the expense of creating a sterile environment to make your of grain spawn.

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 mushrooms with minimal start up costs.

“Nick was brilliant, everything was taught and answered in an easy to grasp and accessible way” – Ashlee, autumn 2019

GMC 5In this workshop you will learn:

  • The biology & ecology of Fungi
  • How to expand liquid culture syringes
  • How to make your own re-usable liquid culture equipment
  • ‘Cloning’ store-bought mushrooms to make your own pure liquid cultures
  • Producing spore prints and using them to produce new strains
  • Duplicating liquid cultures so you can keep a master bank of different species
  • Using liquid cultures to inoculate organic grain to make your own spawn
  • How to use that spawn to inoculate freely available materials to grow massive amounts of mushrooms
  • How to modify recycled containers to grow mushrooms while avoiding single use plastics
  • How to create the right conditions to encourage your fungi to produce the best mushrooms
  • How to create a garden of giant mushrooms in your own backyard
  • How to inoculate logs with sawdust & dowel spawn in order to grow the highest quality shiitake mushrooms

“The best aspect of the course was that it honed in on the specific methods needed to start cultivating mushrooms – precisely what I need to know to get started.” Susie, autumn 2018

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 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-to’s to help you get growing.

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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“This course far exceeded my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the weekend. Nick’s interest in mushroom cultivation was obvious, and his experience and tips provided a great jumping off point for a novice mushroom grower.” – Richard, spring 2018

Booking for this course:

This is a special edition for staff and students of Melbourne University, with a course price of $414.70 – CLICK HERE TO BOOK. Please note that bookings + all student enquiries for this course need to go through Melbourne Uni via the booking url provided.


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