- Mushroom Cultivation 10/12 Milkwood Farm
Oct 13 2012 - Oct 14 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm
University of Tasmania - Hobart
Join Will Borowski for two jam-packed days of hands-on skills in edible mushroom propagation. Learn how to grow delicious oyster, shiitake and many other mushrooms at home, organically!
This practical workshop will take you through the details of home mushroom propagation and introduce you to the fascinating world of fungi. You'll also receive a host of take-home mushroom resources to get you growing.
Will Borowski's approach is designed to ensure a sustainable mushroom supply. Will uses minimal intervention with his mushroom propagation and focuses on creating resilient strains of mycelium which can better handle natural environments, rather than the climate-controlled approach of conventional large-scale mushroom propagation.
By the end of this course you will have the skills to take any suitable store-bought or foraged mushroom, clone and propagate it in a variety of ways, and create a lifetime supply of free mushrooms with very little startup cost.
This workshop covers:
- The basics of how mycelium works in nature
- An overview of the fungi of Australia
- 'Cloning' store-bought mushrooms to make your own mycelium
- Making agar to grow spawn, ready to be transferred to substrate
- Making grain and sawdust spawn for cultivating mushrooms in bags
- Inoculating logs with spawn in order to grow shiitake mushrooms
- How to create mushroom gardens in your backyard
Growing your own organic mushrooms is a great way to introduce important trace minerals to your family's diet, as well as being a heap of fun and extremely interesting to do.
Growing organic mushrooms can lead to a successful micro-enterprise that fits well with many small farms, homesteads and urban growers. Once you know how to do it, there is very little ongoing cost.
About your teacher:
Will Borowski's family name means 'forest mushroom gatherer' in Polish. Need we say more. Will has been working with fungi and mushrooms for many years throughout Australia and has an extensive understanding of native and edible fungi.
Will also sees mushroom awareness as an important educational tool for teaching kids and adults alike about the crucial role that fungi plays in our soils and ecosystems, and about how home mushroom propagation can benefit a family's nutrition and the home environment. Will runs the Forest Fungi website.
So if you're curious about how to start growing mushrooms in bags, logs or in the ground and how to propagate your own strains of mycelium for a lifetime supply, join us!
Your course fee includes:
Each student receives extensive mushroom propagation resources, as well as a USB stick packed with resources & how-tos to help you get growing. Each course's resources will vary slightly, so the image below is indicative only. Each student receives well over $200 worth of materials and resources.
Booking your place:
Book your place below with your credit card, or contact us if you'd prefer to pay by phone, or by cheque or direct deposit.
As part of our Fair Share policy, we provide pensioner and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch for more information.
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Included in your course fee:
Your workshop fee includes extensive take-home mushroom resources. Your course fee also includes Milkwood Farm's famous organic country cooking for lunch and snacks, featuring produce from our organic market garden.
For a small additional charge students can also camp at Milkwood Farm on Friday and Saturday night, for the full farm experience. This option includes delicious organic camp-oven cooking for your evening meal. See below for details.
University of Tasmania
Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay
This PDC will be held at the Sandy Bay campus of the University of Tasmania in a large, comfortable workshop space that opens onto a kitchen garden, with the vibrant Source community garden 10 minutes walk away through the same campus.
Hobart is serviced by bus, train and plane from the Australian mainland
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