Learn to grow your own mushrooms

shiitake logs

Shiitake logs

Grow your own gourmet mushrooms
Workshop at Grace Note Farm
66 N Main St., Petersham, MA
Sunday, May 25 2014 1:30 – 4:30 (subject to weather)
Co-sponsored by the Petersham Local Food Group

Mushrooms are a great crop to extend the repertoire of home food production for the backyard gardener or homesteader. They are easy to produce, requiring minimal maintenance after you’ve done the initial inoculation process, and nothing beats the flavor of mushrooms grown outdoors on real wood. Do you have a spot that’s too shady for fruit or vegetables, but that you’d like to use for food production? That’s a perfect spot for growing mushrooms.

Come learn about growing culinary mushrooms from Kent Byron of Grace Note Farm. Kent has been producing culinary mushrooms on his farm in Petersham, Mass for 6 years. At this workshop, you’ll learn about mushrooms, inoculate oak logs with shiitake spawn, and tour the mushroom operation at Grace Note Farm. Each participant can take home an inoculated log to start their own shiitake farm.

Cost to participate in this workshop and take home one log is $40 per student ($55 for multiple members from the same household), or if you’d like to attend just to learn about the process and you’re not quite ready to take home a log, the cost is $30. Supplies will be provided (shiitake spawn, beeswax, power tools), but please bring your own work gloves, ear and eye protection, and wear sturdy shoes for outdoor work.

The class is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, but will be rescheduled for the following Sunday if the weather is wet. We need dry weather for the logs to be inoculated and capped properly.

Space is limited to 12 students. Please email us to reserve your spot.
You can pay either in person at the class, or pay online via paypal.

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