Grow Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms: A Four Part Cultivation Lab Series
In this mushroom cultivation lab series, you will learn to grow gourmet and medicinal mushrooms from scratch using simple, low cost, high yield cultivation techniques.
We will meet every other week for 4 sessions starting March 20 to go through the entire cultivation process and get as much hands-on as possible. You will learn to generate cultures from live mushrooms, produce large quantities of mushroom mycelium (also known as "spawn"), and build grow kits for fruiting mushrooms. We will start with Blue Oyster mushrooms and have opportunities to work with the medicinals such as Lions Mane and Turkey Tail. By the time when we finish up in May, you will have the knowledge and skills to hit the ground cultivating mushrooms on your own.
Previous experience is not required. It's all about getting your hands dirty (or...clean indeed) and learning!
March 20, Wed, 6:30pm | Generate mother culture from live mushrooms (Lab Series 1/4)In this session, you will learn how to generate mother culture from live mushrooms. The mother culture is *the* start point that allows cultivators to grow an endless supply of mushrooms. We will work with cultivated Blue Oyster mushrooms in this workshop. If you have a mushroom you've grown or bought from a store that you want to culture, just bring it along! We will also discuss how to set up a DIY lab at home.
April 3, Wed, 6:30pm | Make Liquid Culture (Lab Series 2/4)In this session, you will learn how to make liquid culture from the mother culture generated in the last session. Working with liquid culture is cost effective and allows cultivators to produce large quantities of mycelium (also known as "spawn") in open air or even over the kitchen counter at home. It is considered a revolutionary improvement over labor intensive and more traditional methods for expanding mycelium.
April 17, Wed, 6:30pm | Produce Grain Spawn (Lab Series 3/4)In this session, you will learn how to make grain spawn or the mushrooms "seeds". By the end of this workshop, you will walk away with a grain spawn jar, which you can use to expand 10x on bulk substrate for fruiting mushrooms, or exponentially increase your cultivation productivity by producing more grain spawn / sawdust spawn / plug spawn. The possibilities are endless!
May 1, Wed, 6:30pm | Build Grow Kit (Lab Series 4/4)In this session, we will learn how to prepare substrate and build mushroom grow kits for fruiting fresh mushrooms. We will also discuss how to set up proper environment for the fruiting phase. By the end of this workshop, you will bring home a mushroom grow kit and in a few weeks harvest fresh mushrooms you've grown from scratch!
May 15, Wed, 6:30pm | Troubleshooting & FAQsWe will wrap up the four part mushroom cultivation lab series with a troubleshooting discussion. As a mushroom cultivator, I tend to think this type of discussions and reflections are the most valuable part of our learning process as we experiment and develop our hands-on skills.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT
We're offering this pilot program at cost and have the capacity to host up to 8 participants. All the materials and equipment you need in the class will be provided. Takeaways include a mother culture, a liquid culture, a grain spawn jar, and a grow kit ($80~$100 value).
**RSVP is required to help us prepare the materials and equipment. Please select the quantity of session(s) you'd like to attend. For example, if you want to RSVP for one session on March 17 and one on April 3 (i.e. two sessions), select 2 for ticket quantity. On the next page of registration, you will be able to specify the date(s) and session(s) you'd like to attend.
Individual hands-on sessions: early bird $35 (before Feb 25), regular $40 each session Troubleshooting & FAQs discussion: $10 suggested donation. RSVP not required.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Jie Jin aka. JJ is a mushroom grower and founder of Curiouseed, an education studio dedicated to cultivating eco consciousness through playful, experimental and hands-on programming and experiences. Currently Curiouseed is focused on connecting people with the fascinating yet largely overlooked world of fungi. Jie is a member of New York Mycology Society and a certified permaculturist. She founded the Teaming with Fungi Meetup, and has taught or spoken at GrowNYC, NYC Parks, Queens Botanical Garden, CUNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Civic Art Lab, Fou Gallery, among others.