Grow Your Own Mushrooms

May 10,[masked]:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Living Systems Institute

14020 W. 32nd Ave.

Golden, CO 80401

$25.00 Fee for the course – take home a mushroom starter kit for an additional $10.00.  Cash or check at the event.

The kit is made from a native culture of oyster mushroom (pictured working in Dave's garden) that has an affinity for growing in the ground naturally. It has been pre-trained to eat coffee grounds, card board, MMJ agricultural waste and mixed hardwood chips. This kit will be taken home, you will add some of what you want the mushroom to eat from your yard and 1-2 weeks later, the organism will be able to eat just about anything you put in with it. I literally rake up all the debris in my yard, let the mushrooms convert it into food and eat it all. Free gourmet food. What I don't eat goes back into the yard as live mushroom compost completing the circle of life. The kit also includes a spore print (the equivalent of mushroom seeds) of the same oyster. Full instructions on use in the course, highly recommended. You will be very happy with your new toy, especially if you haven't had the pleasure of playing with mushrooms yet!! ;>)
30 kits available, first come, first served.


utilizing post-consumer waste, i.e. paper, cardboard, grass, weeds, trees, agricultural waste

Learn how to take up to 60% of your household paper waste and turn it into food and other useful products like mushroom compost. Launched the “The Paper to Produce Program” at earth day last year and this year the theme will be "Eat Your Yard Waste" and "Eat Your Agricultural Waste" all of which will be discussed. Learn how to "train" mycelium (mushrooms) to eat what ever you want them to eat as well as non-sterile culture you can duplicate at home, types of mushrooms to use, how to get cultures, fruiting techniques, expansion of substrate. 100% effective log culture. Medicinal mushrooms will be discussed briefly. Make and take home a bag of spawn.


This portion of the class will focus on the concepts of mycorestoration, using mushrooms/mycelium to naturally and sustainably restore the environment based on Biomimicry and the work of Paul Stamets.

Mycofiltration- removing particulate matter from the environment (dirt, microbes and fire residues)

Mycoremediation- removing noxious compounds such as oil, DDT, PBC’s & Dioxin from the environment.

Mycoforestry- creating sustainable forestry practices, hugelkultur

Mycoagriculture- creating sustainable agriculture practices

Mycopesticides- controlling insects through entomopathogenic (bug eating) fungi, specifically pine beetles

Hyperaccumulation of heavy metals- hard rock mine effluent remediation under the Good Samaritan Act.

JAMES WIESER is owner and operator of and . Presenter at the Telluride Mushroom Festival and the Radical Mycological Convergence. James attended Paul Stamets introductory and Mycoremediation seminars in 2010. He has over 40 years of varied agricultural growing experience with dozens of species of plants. The last 5 years have been focused on mycological pursuits. Combining his agricultural background, mycology skills and biomimicry, James has developed a sustainable cultivation method coined “Forest Floor Cultivation”. This gives the plants in association with the mycelium/substrate 10 specific benefits. James has a zero post consumer paper waste policy at his home and office and has not thrown out any paper in the last 3 yrs! As James says, “It’s perfectly good mushroom food!”

If you are not able to attend this event but would like to have some custom trained/made mushrooms for your yard or garden, contact James by email (jameswieser AT  I have a huge native culture library as well as most of the popular edible, medicinal and remediatory mushrooms that you may need.

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  • Kathryn

    I posted a May 10 Mushroom class followup in the General area of the discussions section with my mushroom's status so far. Has anyone else had luck? No luck? Would love to hear from you!

    June 11

    • A former member
      A former member

      I didn't have any luck. Ended up with purple mold.

      June 11

    • David B.

      Give James a call. He wanted to be sure everyone ended up with mushrooms. I will e-mail you his number.

      June 12

  • Diana

    Handouts detailing the steps needed to establish the mushrooms in our own gardens would have been very helpful.

    1 · May 13

    • David B.

      Good idea Diana - maybe by next time :-)

      May 14

  • Al Zook {WhitePlum F.

    Yes a kit it is.

    May 8

    • Al Zook {WhitePlum F.

      Learned a lot. Sorry I had to leave early, James came over today to help me get started growing mushrooms. Thanks Dave and all who were there.

      May 13

  • Peggy G.

    so much good information!

    May 10

  • Ruth R.

    I am so bummed I missed this! Didn't get it on the calendar, and didn't realize I was missing until 5 minutes ago, and I can't even zip over.

    May 10

  • Diana

    I would like a kit

    May 8

  • Geoff

    Would love a kit if you still have some left!

    May 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds fabulous. I would like to buy a kit at the event. Thanks!

    May 4

  • Lisa C

    Me too! Should've mentioned that in my RSVP maybe. Thanks!

    April 19

  • Jenny D.

    I would like a kit as well!

    April 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been wanting to try this for some time now, I want a kit!

    April 19

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