Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation Workshop
Learn to grow your own gourmet mushrooms at home!
Sunday, April 2 | 1 – 4 PM
Location: Fairhaven Farm | 5818 Munger Shaw Rd, Saginaw, MN 55779
Instructor: Charlie Danielson
Fairhaven Farm Community Engagement & Education Coordinator
(includes all materials, and your own mushroom log or bag to take home!)
Come out to the farm and learn how to feed the soil and yourself at the same time! In this hands-on workshop, you'll discover how mushrooms transform organic matter like logs, sawdust, straw or wood chips into delicious food — both for humans, and for the soil food web beneath your feet.
You'll learn the process of inoculating logs with fresh mycelium, the process of cultivating mushrooms in substrate-filled grow bags, and the various techniques to accomplish both methods of cultivation. We will be working with Oyster, Shiitake, Wine Cap, Lion’s Mane, Chicken of the Woods and discussing many more mushroom species.
In this unique farm-setting, you'll also have an opportunity to tour our vegetable field (weather-permitting). We'll take a look at a plot where we've been introducing Wine Cap mushrooms into the wood chip pathways between our crops, and learn about the beneficial relationships between fungi and plants. You'll be able to take this knowledge back home to unlock your soil's full potential and help your garden grow to new heights!
Charlie's accessible and "fun guy" approach takes the mystery out of mycology. His passion for helping people understand the key role mushrooms have in creating healthy soil for future generations is contagious.
In this workshop you'll...
- Be introduced to many of the most commonly-cultivated mushrooms and each of their specific requirements needed to complete their life cycle and produce (flush) mushrooms.
Understand basic culturing and growing techniques of mushroom mycelium in various suitable inoculation substrates.
Learn about substrate pasteurization and sterilization methods.
- See some examples of environmental control techniques for the incubation and flushing areas and tricks to keep the costs down.
- And much, much more!