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
    March 13, 2017
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    March 20, 2017
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    March 27, 2017
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    April 3, 2017
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    April 10, 2017
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • The Art and Science of Working with Fungi
    April 24, 2017
    6:30 pm - 9:30 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 easiest 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 six 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. Cost includes materials, course booklet and two mushroom cultures.

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 lab skills include: *Cloning mushrooms*Innovative open-air Lab Techniques*Growing Mycellium 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 fungal biology and identification at Humboldt State University, he learned mushroom cultivation through his experience by working at the gourmet mushroom farm in his hometown of Arcata, California. As a member of the Radical Mycology Collective, he has taught about seeing and working with fungi across North America and co-organized several international educational gatherings including the Radical Mycology Convergence. He is a contributing author to the innovative book Radical Mycology by Peter McCoy. He moved to Vancouver in 2013 and is currently 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.

Tickets for this workshop are $225 for a series of 6 sessions.