Fungi Frenzy: A Beginner's Guide to Outdoor Mushroom Growing (In-Person)

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Registration for this event will close on July 2, 2024 @ 6:30pm.
There are 89 seats remaining.

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Please note that this program will be in person at the Noah Webster Library.

Discover the magic of backyard mushroom growing! Join our master gardener, Mark, in this hands-on workshop where you'll learn the ins and outs of cultivating three easy-to-grow mushroom varieties: Shiitakes, Oysters, and Wine Caps. Not only will you learn about the life cycle and needs of these fungi, but you'll also discover the benefits of using straw or wood chips as a growing media and how to utilize every part of a tree for mushroom cultivation.

In this class, you'll:

  • Learn how to source, age, and prepare logs for inoculation
  • Discover low-cost tools and materials for growing less than 100 logs
  • Learn advanced techniques for producing 100s-1000s of logs (if you want)
  • Get tips on how to safely handle and care for your logs
  • Learn how to set up a simple "assembly line" and work with friends and family to inoculate dozens of logs for less than $200
  • And much more!

Our workshops are all about sustainable organic practices, so you can trust that everything you learn will be in line with those values. Plus, you'll receive a list of all the notes and recommended reading to continue your learning.

Don't miss out on this fun-gi-tastic adventure! Sign up now for our next workshop and learn how to cultivate your own delicious and nutritious mushrooms at home.

Mark's passion for sustainable farming began with his first job at the certified organic Highland Thistle Farm in Canterbury, CT, where he learned about holistic management and sustainable practices. He later worked at Hart's Greenhouses, where he was inspired by the successful farm business run by Dave and Joyce Hart.


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