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Growing edible and medicinal mushrooms collaboration

  • Nov 25, 2012 · 12:00 PM
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At the potluck we were discussing ideas about preparing logs to be used as a growing medium for various mushrooms such as oyster, reishi, maitake, and shiitake.

Our first step would be harvesting the hardwood species of choice, and then if I am correct, curing it for a certain amount of time before inoculating it with the mushroom spore plugs.

If we are still able to have the man who does mushroom workshops help with this education experience as Erin mentioned, let's try to aim for this.

I put a couple of example pictures from when we used this technique at a PDC in 2010 in the photo album.

I chose to create this meetup with the option of being edited and changed by anyone in the group. The date is flexible and if any of you have any updates or details that should be considered feel free to add as necessary. Let's collaborate!

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon.

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  • Erin N.

    aaand, if anyone wants some kombucha mother, bring a container. I'll bring my jar of mother, which (if we cut it) will be enough for anyone that wants some.

    1 · November 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I want some mother! Erin could I meet up with you sometime to grab some?

      November 25, 2012

    • Erin N.

      Sure! Email me with gmail: erin.newell.is

      November 25, 2012

  • Carl

    Fun gathering - I learned some new things and it was a nice mini hike we went on. Really enjoyed the first step towards our growing mushrooms collaborative project.

    November 25, 2012

  • Erin N.

    Good news! I not only am bringing a chainsaw, I'm bringing someone who already knows how to use it!

    November 25, 2012

    • Carl

      Sounds great Erin. We can really get to work on these trees today like pro's.

      November 25, 2012

  • Lori G.

    unfortunately I'm not going to be able to make it, i've been sick since the middle of the night. Hopefully I can catch up at the next meetup.

    November 25, 2012

    • Carl

      Hope you feel better soon Lori and looking forward to next meetup!

      November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Turns out I might have to work now boooooooooo! I hope I can still get in on the mushroom action once we have the wood!

    November 21, 2012

    • Travis

      Thats to bad, I'll make sure we cut a log for you.

      1 · November 22, 2012

    • Carl

      Sorry to hear that Michele. We'll give you the download for all the learning that takes place next time.

      1 · November 24, 2012

  • Travis

    I have a couple saws I can bring

    November 21, 2012

    • Carl

      Awesome Travis, thanks. I was going to bring my axe but a saw would be a lot easier to work with. See you soon.

      November 24, 2012

  • David B.

    I think doing the mushroom walk separate from the wood collecting is a practical idea. For harvesting we'll need a chain saw, pruners and work gloves.

    November 21, 2012

    • Carl

      Hey David, thanks for bringing that up. Those tools will be necessary and I totally forgot to mention those.

      November 21, 2012

  • Valentine

    Looks amazing. I won't be able to come on Sunday though.
    Have fun!

    November 19, 2012

    • Carl

      Thanks Valentine. We'll have lots more meetups in the future so stay tuned! I will send you the information about Richmond Sharing Farm I was telling you about.

      November 21, 2012

  • Erin N.

    I'm not sure we're going to have time to both harvest&cut wood AND have a several-hour mushroom walk. If we're going to do both well, we may want to do them on two separate days. If you all really want to try, though, I can contact him and see if he's available. Thanks for facilitating, Carlos!

    November 19, 2012

    • Carl

      I agree. This event here is mainly for the harvesting phase and the mushroom walk would be separate. We should be able to manage harvesting etc, it seems fairly simple. Anyone have any thoughts on that? Very glad to help get things in motion btw!

      November 20, 2012

  • Erin N.

    Alexander needs 15 people, at $20/person, and is keen to go out again. He says that even though it's late in the year, he's still finding lots of stuff. Maybe not in a month, though.

    November 20, 2012

    • Carl

      Thanks Erin, maybe we could coordinate this with him. I imagine there would be enough interest in the community.

      November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're happy to host it at our place:
    3515 Highland Drive

    Lots of space and a huge forest behind our house.

    November 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to be there, and to host as well, as discussed in the potluck. But I'm going to be in Victoria this weekend, so Nov. 18 won't work for me. Perhaps the following weekend?

    November 14, 2012

    • Carl

      Sure Kelsey, I'll switch it to the weekend after and we'll aim for then. We still have a few things to click into place.

      November 15, 2012

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