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Mushroom Cultivation on Logs
May 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm$45 – $60
$60; $45 for MOFGA members.
Mushrooms are delicious nutritional powerhouses and a great addition to small farms, urban backyards and gardens. However fungi require a very different environment than vegetables to grow in, as well as a different skill set on the part of the grower. They can also be cultivated in spaces that can’t otherwise be used to grow food (like forests, for example.)
Join us and learn how to select mushroom logs and shiitake varieties, design an appropriate site for growing shiitakes outdoors, and practice inoculating logs that were harvested from MOFGA’s woodlot! Participants will be able to bring home an inoculated shiitake log, which will fruit next season with the proper care.
Courtney Williams will lead this introductory workshop. She has eight years of small scale, commercial mushroom farming experience, and has taught workshops and classes about organic mushroom production to hundreds of aspiring mushroom growers in Maine and New England. She is also a worker-owner, Branch Coordinator and Seeds Product Developer at Fedco Seeds Cooperative in Clinton, Maine.
This class is aimed at beginner mushroom growers and will teach you what you need to get started growing shiitakes in own backyard, community garden, or woodlot. This class will not cover wild mushroom foraging or indoor mushroom cultivation and will focus primarily on shiitakes, though we will briefly discuss other easy-to-cultivate varieties.
Please bring some snacks or lunch, a water bottle, work gloves and ear and eye protection (if you have it). Long hair should be tied back for the hands-on part of the workshop. All other supplies will be provided. This workshop will be held primarily outdoors so please dress for the weather.
Questions? Please email [email protected]