Get everything you need to Grow Mushrooms Easily At Home
Learn mycology and the basic skills of growing mushrooms and fungi at home.
This is a comprehensive intro to mycology as a science and practice. We will cover fungal biology that helps truly understand this kingdom in new and novel ways. Whether you are simply myco-curious, a hobbyest mushroom grower, a researcher looking for new inspiration or work with fungi as a material, art form, etc — this course is for you.
We will go beyond the grow kit. We won't just fruit mushrooms. We will discuss the fascinating biology behind these cryptic beings and how to work with them.
We'll learn to to grow Bioluminescent mushrooms, living mushroom sculptures and biomaterials, and edible mushrooms. The class is made for beginners but lends its value to intermediate and even advanced cultivators. We will go over basic techniques for growing most fungi, identify full circle cultivation needs, discuss novel applications, and pose compelling questions.
Growing mushrooms can be easy, and this kit has all you need to accomplish that!
Instructor: Lera Niemackl
Day 1: Most of day one will be cover the fundamentals of fungal biology. What is a fungus? How are we similar? How are we different? Big questions, interesting answers. This will be followed by a demo for how to start fungal cultures from wild mushrooms, store bought mushrooms, spores, or purchased cultures.
- Fungi through the lens of biology
- Aseptic technique and making a clean space
- Vectors of contamination
- Making agar plates
- Cloning and propagating fungus
How to Grow Mushrooms and Fungi
Day 2: Fungi and mushrooms respond readily to their environments. Today's class is going to be about various techniques you can use to influence the characteristics of your fungi.
- How to expand cultures
- Inoculation basics: agar > grain spawn; grain > bulk substrate
- Preparing sawdust brick substrates
- How to inoculate with grain spawn
- An overview of alternative methods to growing fungi i.e. making liquid culture, sterilizing and pasteurizing methods
Becoming a Mycologist
Day 3: Where to go from here? Working with fungi for whatever purpose, especially beyond agriculture, is a new endeavor. We will discuss creative and applied mycology in the biotechnology world, and how you can participate at home. The demo will show best practices for how to move your sawdust bags into different vessels if you choose to fruit your mushrooms outside of the filter bags.
- Makeshift fruiting chambers
- Priming & breeding fungi
- Environmental & nutritional conditions
- 'Sculpting' mushrooms
- Scaling your processes
- Applied mycology
- Long term storage of cultures and specimens
- Dissection kit
- Petri plates
- MEA Agar with Kanamycin
- Glass bottle
- Pre-sterilized grain spawn x4
- Sawdust bricks x4
- Filter bags x4
- Zip ties
- Liquid culture syringes including: Bioluminescent Panellus stipticus, Sculptural Ganoderma multipileum, and edible Pleurotus sp.
Materials NOT provided:
- Isopropyl alcohol <70%
- Paper towels