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Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation

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Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation

Time: May 16, 2015 at 9am to May 17, 2015 at 5pm
Location: Milkwood, Byron Bay
City/Town: Byron Bay
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Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Milkwood
Latest Activity: Apr 8, 2015

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May 16th - 17th, 2015 ( 9:00 am - 5:00 pm )

Byron Bay, The Farm

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.

We use minimal intervention with our mushroom propagation and focus on teaching resilient processes that are better suited to home cultivation, 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 minimal start up costs.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The biology & ecology of Fungi
  • ‘Cloning’ store-bought mushrooms to make your own pure culture on agar plates
  • Producing spore prints and using them to produce new varieties of mushrooms
  • Duplicating agar cultures so you can keep a master bank of different species
  • Using agar cultures to inoculate organic grain or sawdust to make mushroom spawn
  • How to use that spawn to inoculate freely available materials to grow massive amounts of mushrooms
  • How to create the conditions to encourage your fungi to produce the best mushrooms
  • How to inoculate logs with sawdust & dowel spawn in order to grow the highest quality shiitake mushrooms

How to create a garden of giant mushrooms in your backyard


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