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Introduction to Mushroom Cultivation

James Nowak and Milton Tam will teach a mushroom cultivation workshop Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10:00 to 4:00 in the Douglas Classroom of the Center for Urban Horticulture (in the building attached to the greenhouse, not the main building where the monthly meetings are held).

Please bring a pack lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The cost will be $90 ($65 for the class and $25 for the materials and kits). Please contact education@psms.org with any questions.
What are mushrooms? How do they grow? What species of mushrooms are the easiest to grow and are the best suited for cultivation? What are some tried and true methods for cultivation?

Basic Indoor Cultivation Techniques. 

Lab design/function/equipment needed
Grow room design/equipment
Setup of laminar flow hood and review of sterile technique
Make agar plate cultures with spores or tissue
Cloning techniques and identification of contaminants
Inoculation of sterile grow bags with lion's mane (Hericium erinaceus) and pioppino (Cyclocybe agerita) mushroom spawn
Tips on optimal conditions required for growth and fruiting

Outdoor cultivation techniques and "Taming" of Wild Mushrooms

Use of cardboard to cultivate wild mushrooms

Log cultivation of shiitake (Lentinula edodes) mushrooms (hands-on).

We will drill and inoculate alder logs with shiitake spawn. A log will be available for anyone who wants one to inoculate and take home.

Indoor/outdoor cultivation of oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) on straw. (hands-on). For convenience we will use a cold-pasteurized method instead of the traditional method of soaking the straw in hot water.  

Non-sterile method for oyster mushroom cultivation using pelletized newspaper (kitty litter) and guinea pig chow (hands on). We will make kits with 2 different strains of oyster mushrooms.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration cancellation fee is $10 if cancelled more than 7 days prior to class date. There is no refund if cancellation is 7 days or less. Online payments only.

Location: Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98059

There are currently 2 spots remaining out of 22

Ben Woo Memorial Foray 2018
10/19/18 - 10/21/18

Ben Woo Memorial Foray 2018  - Friday October 19 thru Sunday October 21

All registrants must be PSMS members.

Puget Sound Mycological Society has decided to make the Ben Woo Memorial foray an annual event. This year’s foray will be held the same location as the last 2 years. The facility is called Black Diamond Camp at Mt. Rainier and is located about 30 miles east of Enumclaw just off Route 410 near the Crystal Mountain ski area turn-off. It is surrounded by magnificent old growth forest with unlimited habitat easily within driving distance and mushrooms just outside your door. But there is no need to drive anywhere with plenty of forest to explore within walking distance of the lodge.

The cost of the event is $180/person. The package includes two nights’ accommodations and 5 meals.

Friday night our presenters will be the extraordinarily gifted mycologist Noah Siegel plus author and culinary artist Langdon Cook. Saturday night’s speaker will be PSMS’s expert mushroom identifier and nice guy Danny Miller. In addition we will hear from the truffle whisperer Alana McGee.

Saturday there will be organized full and half day forays. Foray descriptions and sign-up sheets will be available Friday night after dinner. All-day forays will be provider a sack lunch and will be back by 3:00 pm so those folks can still enjoy the mushroom tasting and partake in the mushroom cultivation workshop.

We will be offering several workshops. Sign up  for individual workshops on-line when you register.

-          There will be a mushroom dye workshop conducted by Erin Raymond and Sweta Agrawal Saturday afternoon. This workshop has a $35 registration fee which includes 1 silk scarf and yarn samples, additional scarves will be available for purchase. Limit 25 people


-          There will be a mushroom photography workshop with Paul Hill as presenter on Saturday morning. This workshop will ‘focus’ on shooting fungi both in the field and in the studio. There is a $15 fee to register for this workshop, limit 12 participants.


-          There will be a mushroom cultivation workshop by Milton Tam late Saturday afternoon where you can make your own oyster mushroom grow kits to take home. There is a $5 registration fee which includes 1 mushroom kit. Some additional kits will be available for purchase at the workshop for $5.


-          There will also be a complementary mushroom tasting by Reba Tam Saturday afternoon.


The event will wrap-up Sunday morning with a walk through and discussion, by our expert identifiers, of the specimens gathered during the foray.

Accommodations are dormitory style with separate rooms for women and separate rooms for men. There are typically 3 adults per room. If you have a special request to share a room with another individual please include their name on your registration in the notes section. Though we can’t guarantee that your specific requests can be accommodated we should be able to group couples or friends wanting to share a room if they are all the same sex. Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities for couples or friends wanting to share a room that are of the opposite sex. Bathroom facilities are segregated into separate women’s and men’s facilities.

There are R.V. and camping spaces available, but no R.V. hook-up services. You are welcome to camp or bring your R.V.  However there is no reduction in registration fee. Please make a note of your intentions in your registration.

There are also available a few rustic A-frame cabins for groups that want to room together. These cabins have 6 bunk beds with outdoor plumbing a short walk away. They is no extra charge for cabin rental.

Bring your own bedding, sheets, blankets, pillows, sleeping bag, towels, and other personal items to make yourself cozy and comfortable. There are no nearby services so bring what you need with you. Don’t forget a flashlight, it gets very dark out there at night, and rain gear and mushroom gathering paraphernalia.

We will be able to accommodate vegetarian diets; please note on your registration that you would like the vegetarian option. Meals are served in the main lodge. There will be dinner served Friday night, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner. A sack lunch will be provided for those going on one of the Saturday all-day forays. Sunday breakfast will be served before checkout.

Check in begins at 3:00 pm on Friday October 19 and checkout is at 11:00 am Sunday morning October 21. You must be out of the lodge by 11:00 am but you may linger on the property to forage for the remainder of Sunday.

Don’t miss this amazing event, last season we identified over 200 species! Save the date and register early, space is limited to only 100 foragers and last year we sold out! We are looking forward to seeing you there.


Ben Woo Foray chair folks:

-          James Nowak 206-354-9015 contact@terra-fleurs.com

-          Luise Asif 206-365-6741 fasif@hotmail.com

-          call or write if you have any questions


Location: Black Diamond Camp at Rainier
67404 State Route 410 East
Enumclaw, WA 98022

Registration ends on September 15, 2018
There are currently 104 spots remaining out of 120

Ben Woo Memorial Foray Oct 19-21, 2018 information and sign-up

This foray is open to PSMS members at this time.
For questions:
James Nowak: 206-354-9015
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Luise Asif: 206-365-6741