Edible Mushrooms: Washington State Ag Extension Classes

Edible Mushrooms: Washington State Ag Extension Classes

Edible Mushrooms

Photo Compliments Of Ann Fisher

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.

Class Overview

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 You can also download the form at and mail with your check. For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6039.

More Information

For more information on the course, contact Andrew Corbin, (425) 357-6012.

This class is run under WSU extension program guidelines

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  1. This sounds like it would be real interesting!

    • Washington State University does a wonderful job providing information and classes for both the amateur gardener and the commercial grower. They are supporting this class so the information will be quality.

  2. I absolutely LOVE mushrooms, but have not tried to grow my own.
    It actually sounds like it would be fun to do.
    Thank you so much for the info here.

  3. These mushrooms are beautiful. That is such a cool information. Thanks charlie!

  4. MMMmmmmm I’d love to grow mushrooms, Charlie! …and/or be able to id the ones that do pop up in our yard to know if they are edible or if they will kill us. If this class is offered near me I am there!

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