ONLINE Class! - Growing Mushrooms Outdoors (Shiitake, Oyster & Wine Cap) - 90 min Intensive Online Workshop
NEW! - We are now offering this class as an online class only due to Covid-19. This is exciting because now you can watch the class from home, type in your questions and still get to see and hear everything Mark would normally teach. This also means people from around the world can join in too!
Just add to cart & check out to pay through our website and we will email you a links to watch the lesson & receive all of the curated resources to help you continue your learning.
What will I learn in the Workshop?
This is designed to be a hands-on workshop. You'll get to pick up tools and materials, ask questions, and see the entire process. If we have fresh logs and spawn available, you can watch us inoculate a log for you.
During this Zoom Webinar/Class, you will be able to type questions and chat with other participants while Mark presents. If needed, you can "raise your hand" and Mark can allow you to talk to the class and ask a clarifying question that can help to deepen everyone's learning.
Following the class, Mark will email you more information to get you going .These will include links to products that are both economical but of good quality and a multipage handout with links and notes from class! You can also reply back with questions and Mark will try his best to be your mushroom mentor and point you in the right direction.
No matter what, you'll learn...
- The primary species we'll discuss are Shiitakes, Oysters, and Wine Caps. However, if the class wants to discuss other species, we may.
- The life cycle and needs of fungi. We usually send everyone home with a sample of spawn to experiment with indoors and see the life cycle and contamination in person.
- How to use straw or wood chips to grow mushrooms
- How to use all of the tree, from stump, to trunk (large logs stacked in totems), to limbs (standard logs), to branches (chips)
- The types of wood to use, how to age it, and when it's aged too much
- How to get spawn (fungi to inoculate your log with)
- Low cost tools and materials you'll need for less than 5-100 logs
- Advanced tools for producing 100's-1000's of logs
- Safety procedures you need to follow
- How to take care of your logs or growing beds for the 1st year in Southern New England
- How to take care of the logs for the following years
- How to set up a simple "assembly line" and work with friends and family to inoculate dozens of logs for less than $200.
- Many times, we have spawn and inoculated logs available for purchase so you can start growing at home that same day.