Edible Mushrooms: Washington State Ag Extension Classes
How long have you thought about growing your own mushrooms, gourmet mushrooms? With a little patience and the right techniques you can grow edible mushrooms for your personal consumption or as a commercial crop here in the Pacific Northwest. There about a dozen species including oyster, shiitake, and maiitake, which can be grown. Success depends on developing a good understanding of the process and knowledge of the techniques required. No tougher than learning to garden.
Jim Gouin is a staff mycologist and consultant with Fungi Perfecti, an Olympia-based company that specializes in supplying home and commercial mushroom growers with everything needed for success. Jim has a forestry background and teaches forest fungi cultivation workshops throughout North America.
Topics covered will include the different species that grow well in our climate and forests along with a discussion of several growing media such as log, stump, and sawdust culture. Demonstrations include how to prepare and inoculate logs as well as harvest and care procedures to encourage optimum production. Low-tech processing methods and cultivation of oyster mushrooms using pasteurized wheat straw for indoor production will also be discussed. This cultivation method will appeal to those wanting to produce mushrooms in a very short time frame with minimal equipment. All participants will take home a packet of shiitake plug spawn along with complete instructions to cultivate your own outdoor mushroom logs.
Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 10 AM to 2:30 PM Where
Ed’s Apples at 13420 339th Ave SE in Sultan, 98294. This is just off SR 2.
The cost is $65 per person, which includes the workshop, handouts, a catered box lunch, and 100 shiitake plugs to take home. Space is limited and your paid registration must be received by May 30 to ensure a spot.
Register online at brownpapertickets.com. You can also download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/MushroomReg2013.pdf and mail with your check. For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6039.
For more information on the course, contact Andrew Corbin, (425) 357-6012.
This class is run under WSU extension program guidelines