Vancouver- 2 part Mushroom Cultivation Skills Course

Part 1: Sunday, October 22nd from 10-5pm
Come to this day-long intensive to learn how you can grow nutritious, delicious and medicinal mushrooms outdoors where you live. We’ll overview basic fungal ecology- what you need to know to grow mushrooms successfully- and then delve into simple ways you can grow mushrooms in your home, garden and farm.

In part 1 of ‘Skills for Mushroom Cultivation’, we will focus on ways you can grow mushrooms outdoors. We’ll get hands-on experience making mushroom logs and mushroom beds, and offer strategies for companion planting mushrooms within veggie beds and orchards, mushrooms and composting, and the important role of mycorhizal fungi in the garden and orchard, as well as how to work with fungi to build soil and remediate household wastes.

Each partipant will make their own Oyster mushroom grow kit to take home. Participants will leave with two mushroom growing projects, detailed handouts, and an understanding other cool stuff they can do with their mushroom kits- from building healthy soil, exploring a small-scale myco-remediation project, to scaling up food and medicine production.

Cost: pay-what-are-able but please give generously between $95-$125. Registration required. Please reserve your spot by contacting Danielle at diyfungivictoria@gmail.com to purchase tickets. Take part in both for a reduced price of $200.

 
Part 2: Sunday, November 12th from 10-5pm
Come to this day-long intensive to learn skills to grow nutritious, delicious and medicinal mushrooms where you live. In part 2 of ‘Skills for Mushroom Cultivation’, we will focus on low-tech, low-sterility ways you can start and grow your own mushroom cultures through hands-on learning about how to make liquid cultures, grain spawn, and grow and fruit edible and medicinal mushrooms.

We’ll go through how to access and build your own mushroom cultivation equipment, and participants have the option to build their own ‘lab’ (a glove box or still air box) after the class.

Each partipant will make their own liquid culture and grain spawn to take home, as well as a 35 page mushroom cultivation handout and if time and interest permit, overview options for working with these skills for myco-remediation project and medicine production.

Cost: pay-what-are-able but please give generously between $95-$125. Registration required. Please reserve your spot by contacting Danielle at diyfungivictoria@gmail.com to purchase tickets.

*Part 1 is not a pre-requisite to Part 2. If you’d just like to grow some mushrooms easily at home or in your garden, Part 1 is for you! If you’d like to learn how to grow your own mushroom cultures from wild mushrooms, work with fungi for remediation or medicine production, or grow mushrooms at any scale, Part 2 is for you! Or, if you’re super interested in learning all sorts of ways to grow fungi, join us for both! Discounted price of $200 for attending both days.

Instructor bio: Danielle Stevenson is a fungi enthusiast living in Duncan, B.C., Canada, with a focus on community-based work towards food sovereignty and land regeneration. She launched D.I.Y. Fungi to offer education and mushroom cultures (a.ka. “spawn”) to empower folks to grow their own food and medicine. She also works on projects and research that address food and waste issues, soil contamination and toxic waste, and works on grassroots and municipal-scale bioremediation projects.

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