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Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

  • Nov 18, 2012 · 10:00 AM
  • Wendy and Steve's

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop
Integrating Gourmet Mushrooms Into the Homestead
with Sean Walsh

Why Mushroom Cultivation?
Cultivation of mushrooms is an easy and fun way to produce your own food. Mushrooms can be cultivated in small spaces and low-light areas that have marginal value for growing other crops. Integration of mushroom crops into a production system can increase revenue generation and diversify yields leading towards a more sustainable, resilient, and profitable system. Mushroom cultivation can further enhance profitability by utilizing “wastes” as a resource to be converted into a valuable and delicious product. Additionally, a growing body of techniques known collectively as mycoremediation offers promise for healing degraded landscapes and filtering contaminated water.

Course Outcomes
Students will leave this workshop with basic knowledge about the fundamentals of mushroom cultivation and hands-on practice with several techniques. Students will learn about the history of mushroom use and cultivation, the mushroom life-cycle, nutritional properties of mushrooms, and other relevant background information to help put mushroom cultivation within context. We will then dive into cultivation specifics, focusing on several practical species and covering media selection, site selection and design, environmental considerations, inoculation methods, management, and harvesting. Three potential species include shiitake (Lentinula edodes) on hardwood logs, oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) on straw or coffee grounds, and winecaps (Stropharia rugoso-annulata) on wood chip garden mulch.

After building an intellectual understanding of the why and how of mushroom cultivation, we will apply it through hands-on experience. Everyone will have the opportunity to practice various inoculation methods as we install demonstration gardens for each species. Students will have the option of taking samples to cultivate at home.

Hands-On Experience
Hands-on activities may include the use of tools such as shovels, rakes, hammers, wheel barrows, and power drills specially adapted for mushroom inoculation. Activities also may involve lifting logs (up to about 40 lbs.), moving and spreading wood chips, and light digging. Safety and proper handling will be covered for each activity. Please dress appropriately for working and wear closed-toe shoes. Bring work gloves, ear protection, and safety goggles if available.

Sean Walsh holds a Master’s degree in Ecological Design & Environmental Planning and works as a designer of regenerative systems. Sean has helped develop a small mushroom farm as part of an integrated food production system on a homestead in rural Massachusetts and has taught mushroom cultivation through Greenfield Community College, MA. Sean can be contacted at [masked]

Course Details
Cost: $40
Please bring your own lunch

37 Buckley Road,
Marlboro NJ

Sunday November 4th
10AM - 4PM



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  • Sean W.

    Hi Folks! I'm looking forward to a great workshop. See you tomorrow.

    November 17, 2012

  • Sean W.

    This workshop has been re-scheduled from Sunday November 4th to Sunday November 18th. All other details are still accurate. Please contact me if you would like to sign up or to re-confirm your registration. [masked]

    November 9, 2012

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