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The Urban Mushroom Tour + Cultivation Workshop

  • Apr 19, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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I run a new Grand Rapids business called the Urban Mushroom. We grow gourmet mushrooms indoors in an urban warehouse type space over on the SW side. We see ourselves not as mushroom farmers, but as mycological entrepreneurs. The field of sustainable, applied mycology is in it's infancy, but has the potential to explode in the next few years - to the benefit of society and the planet. I'll be giving a short talk on the history of our business and our vision for a "mycotopia" here in West Michigan. Following that, we'll do a tour of "Urban Mushroom HQ", including our incubation rooms, grow rooms, and inoculation lab, and then a short cultivation workshop where you'll learn to grow Oyster mushrooms on straw in a laundry basket (Bring your own laundry basket, and we'll supply the straw and the spawn. We will NOT have additional laundry baskets available). You won't believe the mycology that we're doing on a limited budget in a former truck repair depot, and you'll be heartened to learn how easy it is to grow mushrooms for food, medicine, and remediation at home, without expensive lab equipment.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Trever what do we do with the stumps after we pick the mushrooms?

    May 27, 2014

    • Trever

      Yep, many options. You can let it sit for a week, then soak it to get another flush. Or, as David said, you can inoculate another substrate with it. Compost, boiled coffee grounds, a moist leaf pile, another bale of straw. Get creative!

      2 · May 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks!

      May 28, 2014

  • Trever

    Hey guys! So at this point, everyone's straw baskets should be fully myceliated or very close to it. Here's what I want you to do:

    1)If you havent' yet, take the bag off and look at your basket. If it's all colonized with white stuff, then Yay! - it's time to fruit! 2)Go ahead and move it outside at this point. Remove the plastic bag, and put it somewhere out of the sun and rain. 3)Keep it moist, but not wet.

    4)Wait a week or two, and you should see mushrooms!

    1 · May 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      My take is don't let it dry out. I don't think it should be wet but consider this once you start to get mushrooms pinning - fungi are 90% water, and they have to get that moisture from someplace. If they grow in the wild, water percolates through the ground but in a plastic basket the mushrooms rely on you to put the water into the ecosystem. If you have a controlled environment like The Urban Mushroom where the mycelium is enclosed in a plastic tube and in a sealed room with humidity control, it doesn't have the tendency to dry out like our open baskets do. I mist mine three times a day, and by 'mist' I mean a wet surface. You have to figure for yourself what the evaporation rate is, but if your basket is outside, rest assured that it's pretty high. I have never grown mushrooms before this but have had bonsai for over 30 years and I find the rules are the same when dealing with a closed system dependent upon you for basic needs. Shroom on...

      May 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good advice. After the first two 'heavy' sprinklings that I did, mycelium began to spread across the top as well. I have continued the sprinklings and moved it to a warmer clime. Thanks for all your sharing!

      May 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My Mushrooms are about 4" across and an Off-White color. But the edge of one is starting to turn a dark green. Do they need fertilizer, or anything?

    May 18, 2014

    • Trever

      Hmm. Could be mold. Any chance you could post a pic?

      May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm afraid to disturb mine.

    April 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      If it's doing well, I sure wouldn't disturb it. :)

      May 13, 2014

  • Judy L.

    Seems like all at once my basket was covered with beautiful mycelium! Mushroom porn! Put it outside in a shady area. Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

    May 11, 2014

  • Laura C.

    My basket is loaded with mycelium & smells like licorice.

    May 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      What are your keeping conditions? Fully covered? Temperature and humidity constant or fluctuating? Just curious. Mine is almost fully colonized now and wondered about others'.

      May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Starting to get mycelium (I hope it's not mold), in lower layer of my basket after one week, anyone else? I covered my basket with contractor-grade garbage bag and stabbed the top a dozen times with a pocket knife. The temp is nowhere near what it was at Trever's place, more like mid-high 60's. (basement).

    April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The inside of my bag is wet. The surface of the straw seemed a bit dry a few days ago, so I spritzed it a bit, but it has been damp since and likely won't do it again.

      April 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will post a pic of my bag/setup...

      April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, informative and fun session on how to grow our favorite fungi.

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fun event. Glenn, thanks so much for organizing, and Trever, we were inspired by your personal history, and impressed with your ability to teach and inspire others. If we lived in GR we would definitely be signing up for your CSA; if you expand your operation down to Kalamazoo, please let us know.

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an enjoyable and informative event! many thanks to Trever for hosting and Glenn for organizing the tour and grow-kit session. It's wonderful to see such enthusiasm in an affinity group and to be able to put some of the names and faces together.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Trever and Glen.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Judy L.

    Excellent. Very informative. Making our own little mushroom growing kit was a huge bonus.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Informative and a oyster mushroom starter kit

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed and learned so much. Am very excited to see if my transplanted spawn will take to the property north of Suttons Bay.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fabulous meeting------thanks so much Urban Mushroom and Trever for hosting.

    1 · April 19, 2014

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