Nov 8th is Mushroom Education Day

Rainy-Days-Compost-Ed-Centre-2014-PosterThere’s no need to be in the dark about growing mushrooms! These tasty wonders of the food world are filled with vitamins, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients, plus they’re fun and easy to grow. The keys to growing mushrooms at home are establishing the right growing conditions and acquiring or making mushroom spawn, which is the material used to propagate mushrooms.

Learn about mushrooms’ healthful attributes and how easy it is to grow them in your home or backyard at our Mushroom Education Day on Saturday November 8th from 10am-2pm. We’ll be offering a free introductory workshop on mushroom companions in the garden from 10am-11am as well as an affordable ‘Grow Your Own Mushrooms At Home’ workshop from 2-4pm.  Both will be taught by our knowledgeable local expert Danielle Stevenson of D.I.Y. Fungi.  Throughout the open house, there will be edible mushroom experts on hand to answer all your questions about fabulous fungi!

FREE Workshop: Mushroom Companions to the Garden or Farm 10am-11am
This free workshop highlights three super garden companions- King Stropharia, Elm Oyster and Shaggy Mane.  We will learn how to make a mushroom bed, mushroom pathways, and companion plant within veggie beds.  We’ll also talk about the role of magical Mycorhizal fungi in the garden and orchard.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms At Home! 2-4pm, $20 / Members $15
In this 2-hour workshop, participants will get hands-on with simple, low-tech methods for growing Oyster mushrooms organically at home or in your apartment. Each participant will make their own 5 gallon bucket Oyster mushroom kit to take home too!

mushroomsIf Mushroom Education Day gets you stoked on fungi and you want to keep learning, consider checking out our workshop on Mushroom Garden Pathways on November 15th.