The Art and Science of Working with Fungi: Growing Mushrooms for Food, Medicine and Soil

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  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    February 19, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    February 26, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    March 5, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    March 12, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    March 19, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    March 26, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    April 9, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This workshop series covers the skills needed to grow spawn and mushrooms year round. Core concepts and practical skills are covered in-depth and include the simplest and most reliable low-cost techniques to grow mushrooms and their mycelium at home, in the garden or on the farm without the need of a dedicated lab space. The class will meet weekly for seven sessions. Each session will include a lecture and a lab component. Over the duration of the course, each participant will culture and grow their own oyster mushrooms from start to finish, getting hands-on experience with each step of the process. These skills can be applied to grow many other species of mushrooms.  Participants will walk away with two liquid mushroom cultures, sawdust spawn and mushroom fruiting kits made of straw, coffee grounds, sawdust and logs.

Lecture topics include*Fungal BiologyPrinciples of working with fungi* Sourcing materials*Indoor fruiting environments* Mycoremediation Applications* Principles of Mycopermaculture*Off-grid Adaptations* Scaling-Up, Species to know and grow*Usage Storage and Marketing* Strain development.

Hands-on Skills Include*Cloning mushrooms*Innovative open-air Lab Techniques*Growing Mycelium in Liquid Culture*Grain Spawn Production* Bulk substrate preparation and formulation*Container cropping* Outdoor installations* Log cultures.

Workshop teacher Willoughby Arevalo made friends with fungi at a young age. After studying art and mycology at Humboldt State University, he learned mushroom cultivation experientially by working at a gourmet mushroom farm. He has since taught about understanding and engaging with fungi across North America. He contributed to the books Radical Mycology by Peter McCoy and Mushroom Essences by Robert Rogers, and he is in the process of writing his own book on home-scale mushroom cultivation. While serving on the board of directors of the Vancouver Mycological Society, he grows mushrooms at home and in the garden, subsistence forages and prepares food and medicine from the harvests. His love of fungi intersects with his practices of visual, performing and culinary arts.

Tickets for this workshop are $325 for a series of 7 sessions. The registration closes the day before. Attendance is limited to 12 people so act fast!

No cash refunds are available for this workshop. With at least 72 hours notice, we would be happy to provide a credit to use towards other workshops and selected Il Centro initiatives (please inquire).  If you give us less than 72 hours notice, we may be able to issue a credit if we can fill your seat from our waiting list, but there is no guarantee. No credit will be issued for no-shows: whether you are able to attend or not, the instructor still needs to be fairly compensated. All tickets are 100% transferable at any time – just provide your receipt to the person attending or let us know their name by phone or email.