Saturday, May 14, 2022
8 am -4 pm
$150 per person
With knowledge of your microclimate and other cultivation requirements, you can grow some of best eating mushrooms on the planet. Whether you have a yard with vegetables, a greenhouse, shade or just a few flower pots, you can add active biology to your soils, increasing soil health while learning to become a skilled mushroom cultivator. Learn about growing Wine Caps, Agaricus mushrooms, and Blewits, and how to make easy oyster spawn with your locally harvested cultivar. Learn about making a large mycelial mat for filtering runoff within a season while also smothering weeds and creating organic matter. Learn how to make cardboard spawn, and techniques for assessing substrate suitability and about the effects of tillage and layering for enhancing soil biology.
Coffee, pastry and lunch included, Oyster burrito and a bottle of Wine Cap grain spawn and Almond agaricus sawdust spawn to take home.
8:00-8:30 am - Registration
8:30 am - Overview, decay hierarchy and species selection
9:00 am - Compost creation and quality: recycling office waste, assessing compost structure and moisture content
9:30 am - Building and companion planting an Agaricus bed in the garden, planter box and greenhouse
10:15 am - Break
10:30 am - Making cardboard spawn using locally harvested Oyster mushrooms, selecting and testing multiple organic materials as a planting medium for Blewit and other garden species
12:00 noon - Lunch, questions
12:45 pm - Wine Caps, benefits, planting options and overview
1:00 pm - Making Wine Cap bunker spawn for runoff remediation, building a mass planting for weed suppression
2:00 pm - Laying yard tour and mushroom garden layout, planting cultures for Maitake, Chestnut mushrooms and others in a shaded landscape
3:00 pm - Q&A
Registration required by May 11. No refunds for cancellations after May 11. Class limit: 30.
Workshop in collaboration with SHIIGA.