Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop - Saturday, July 16, 4-6 pm.

In the shade of the old green barn at Tonic Permaculture we will cover four methods for cultivating gourmet and medicinal mushrooms.

1) Growing oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.) in buckets on pasteurized wheat straw.

2) Growing shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) on oak logs - demonstration,  group participation.

3) Growing reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum, a medicinal varnished conk whose Chinese name Ling chi translates to "mushroom of immortality") on semi-buried softwood logs - demonstration, group participation, and speculation on running mycelium.

4) Growing lion's mane (Hericium spp., a wild-looking "toothed fungus" that tastes like lobster when cooked with butter and onions!) on large-diameter oak via the "totem method" - demonstration.

This is the first workshop of the series.  There is no formal charge for it, although donations to our on-going project are always appreciated.  Attendance at this first workshop will, however, grant you access to all future workshops at 75% of the advertised fee. 

No need to bring any supplies or tools; everything will be provided, although a notebook and camera might be useful.  Shiitake logs and oyster buckets will be for sale at the same price we list at the farmers market - $25 each.  Permaculture garden tour at 3:30 for anyone interested.  At 4:00 the workshop will get underway in the kitchen garden with a quick talk on growing oyster mushrooms on wheat straw, before we head to the barn for the other 3 segments.

Bring a cool drink with you as it is likely to be warm on a mid-July afternoon, even in full shade.  We should be done in time to make it home for dinner, or to join me for an icy margarita in town.;) 

Tonic Permaculture is located at the west end of Corrie Farm, 880 Zion Hope Road, Tifton, GA.  RSVP if you plan to attend.

Looking forward to it!
Tripp Tibbetts

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