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Re: [penn-permaculture] mushroom innoculation question and sources

From: Keith M.
Sent on: Monday, January 28, 2013 11:12 AM
Hi Matt,

The risk you run is contamination from other fungal spores that may be already colonizing the wood.

Excepting a few weeks to allow the living tree's fungal defense mechanisms to diminish, you are best to inoculate as soon as possible after the tree has been felled.

The spore load is lowest in the winter- but if you want a guaranteed harvest, you may be best to use fresh wood.  If you're new to cultivation, pasteurized straw or freshly brewed coffee grounds (already pasteurized) make easier first projects, and have much shorter time to yield than log culture.

Dave Wichland of Wichland Woods has a great New Hampshire based spawn library  (

Field and Forest Products is Wisconsin based, but great:

My favorite by far is Wild Branch Farm:

Their spawn availability is seasonal, but some of the strongest strains I have grown.

All of these suppliers will have great information about your selection of substrate, etc.

Good luck!


Willow Crossing Farm


Keith Morris 
Prospect Rock Permaculture 
Design and Education for Ecological Culture
P.O. Box 426  
Jeffersonville, VT 05464 
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From: matt mcmenaman <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, January 28,[masked]:47 AM
Subject: [penn-permaculture] mushroom innoculation question and sources

Hi all,
I am about to get a hold of some fallen oak trees caused by Sandy. My question is on the quality of that wood for mushroom innoculation. They obviously fell around Oct 29th and have been sitting ever since. I remember reading that the ideal logs should be felled in the spring before they begin to leaf out, is that correct? Not to be picky but will these oaks be suitable considering that they have lain in the woods for a few months through the winter? I just want to make sure that I’ll have some success after investing time and resources in these logs...
Also, I’d prefer to buy inoculation spore here on the east coast and I thought there was someone in NC that sells mushroom supplies but I can’t find them. What’s your preferred source?

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