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Introduction to Mushroom Cultivation (June 23)
6/23/2024

James Nowak and Milton Tam will teach a mushroom cultivation workshop Sunday, June 23, 2024 from 1:00pm to 4:30pm 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).

The cost will be $100, which includes all the materials for the kits that will be provided to you.
 
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?


Introduction to mushrooms and their cultivation (Lecture - Milt)
What are mushrooms and how do they grow?
What species of mushrooms are the easiest to grow and best suited for cultivation?
What are some tried and true methods for cultivation? 
 
Basic Indoor Cultivation Techniques (Lecture - Animal)
Lab design/function/equipment needed
Grow room design/equipment
Setup of laminar flow hood and review of sterile technique
Cloning techniques and identification of contaminants
Tips on optimal conditions required for growth and fruiting
 Outdoor cultivation techniques and "Taming" of Wild Mushrooms
 
Demonstration:
Use of cardboard to cultivate wild mushrooms (demo of mycelial growth)
Log cultivation of oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) - We will have a limited number of alder logs to drill and inoculate with spawn, or we will use a traditional spawn disc method..
 
Hands-On Kit Assembly
Inoculation of sterile grow bags with shiitake (Lentinula edodes) spawn
Cultivation of oyster mushrooms on straw. For convenience we will use a cold-pasteurized method instead of soaking the straw in hot water. 
Experimental method of cultivating Lion's Mane mushrooms (Hericium erinaceus) using pasteurized hardwood sawdust spawn and wheat bran
Non-sterile method for oyster mushroom cultivation using pelletized newspaper (kitty litter) and guinea pig chow. 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.

Please contact education@psms.org with any questions.

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

There are currently 18 spots remaining out of 24