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Sunday | July 20, 2014 | 2:00 pm — 6:00 pm
The Institute of Urban Homesteading | North Oakland, CA
Dive into the magical world of Fungi. They are deliscious, nutritious–they might even save the world! Mushrooms are known for their healing properties both as medicine for humans but also for the planet. They help plants uptake nutrients, clean-up toxic waste, compost entire clear cuts as have a host of other uses. In this class we’ll focus on growing mushrooms, homestead-style! We’ll see a working, off-the -grid inner city mushroom cultivation set-up. Then we’ll learn which mushroom can be most easily cultivated at home both indoors and out, the difference between spores and spawn and what materials different mushrooms thrive on. We’ll explore growing mushrooms on straw or sawdust or on cardboard as a means for innoculating wood chips in garden beds. Then we’ll learn methods to prepare these substrates including heat pasteurization, fermentation, and soap techniques. We’ll also cover wood chip spawn, log plugs and how to use spent mushroom kits in compost to get another “flush” while aiding the composting process.. Working with either oyster, shitake or king stropheria mycellium, students will then make a starter kits to take home.Visit Event Website >>
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