Growing Mushrooms for Food, Fun, and Profit
Do you want to know the best ways to grow gourmet and medicinal mushrooms?
Have you been wanting to get better at – or just started with – mushroom growing, but find most information available on the topic too confusing, technical, or intimidating? I’ve been there. When I started growing mushrooms 17 years ago, I struggled for years to wrap my head around the skill, not just so I could practice it, but so that I could also share my passion for mushrooms with others. After years of practice, I have refined a consistent approach that I not only follow, but that I've since taught to thousands of people all around the world.
It's my goal in this carefully designed course to share my best techniques and insights on this life changing skill with you, to help you spend less time struggling with cultivation and more time enjoying the many gifts of growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms – whether to support your health, family, community, or livelihood.
I can’t wait to see you get growing!
Growing Mushrooms for Food, Fun, and Profit
Start Date: July 25
Duration: 7 weeks, with new material released on Thursdays of each week
(See below for full details on the course's structure)
To help you dive into the world of mushroom growing, this unprecedented course has been designed to guide cultivators of all backgrounds through the art's most up-to-date and accessible techniques. Throughout the course, Peter will explain both the how of cultivation and—more importantly—the why behind its many practices – along with his personal approach to it all, honed over years of experience. Through weekly projects you will practice the skills covered hands-on, and experience the concepts that underlie successful cultivation using a format that is easy to follow and emphasizes practices that minimize waste, cost, and complexity. Whether you want to grow your own nutrient-dense mushrooms for food or as a potent natural medicine, or you are looking to start a mushroom-based business, this course will cover the core skills you need to hit the ground running.
Week 1: Two Spores
Orientation • Course Objectives • History of Cultivation • Cultivation for People & the Planet • Fungal Biology, Nutrition, & Ecology • Cultivation Principles, Best Practices, & Ethics • Sustainable & Low-Impact Cultivation • Commonly Cultivated Species • Week 1 Growing Projects
Week 2: Growing Gear
Designing Work Spaces • Essential Equipment: DIY and Beyond • Best Fruiting Environment Designs • Preparation & Safety • Aseptic ("Sterile") Technique • Contaminants & Competitors • Week 2 Growing Projects
Week 3: Agar & Liquid Cultures
Working With Agar • Cloning Mushrooms • Preserving Cultures • Working with Liquid Cultures • Best Management Practices • Tools of the Trade • Week 3 Growing Projects
Week 4: Spawn Production
Spawn Formulation • Recipes & Preparations • Inoculation Strategies • Best Management Practices • Spawn Expansion • Cordyceps militaris Cultivation
Week 5: Growing Compost-Loving Mushrooms
Substrate Formulation • Sourcing Ingredients • Fruiting Containers • Working with Straw • Working with Manure • Working with Compost • Week 5 Growing Projects
Week 6: Growing Wood-Loving Mushrooms
Substrate Formulation • Sourcing Ingredients • Working with Hardwood-Based Formulas • Working with Experimental Wood Types • Week 6 Growing Projects
Week 7: Next Steps
Summarized Work Flows • Budgeting • Scheduling • Community Mushroom Growing • Electromycology • Applications of Mushroom Growing • Citizen Science & Areas for Research • Radical Mycologists Without Borders
Join Live, or LaterThis course runs live from July 25 to September 5, 2019. New content (videos, suggested readings, and other resources) is released on the Thursday of each week, and questions for a given week's material can be submitted until noon the following Tuesday (PST / UTC-7).
You are encouraged to join the course while it is live to both save money and to have an active voice in the weekly Question and Answer sessions. But if you're not quite ready to join, you will still be able to sign up after the course ends at any time.
Life Skills You Will LearnThis course will leave you fully prepared for a lifetime of enjoying the many benefits of growing mushrooms. Among the many aspects of mushroom growing covered in this course, you will learn to:
- Grow the most important medicinal and gourmet mushrooms species year-round, including: Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Turkey Tail, Shiitake, Oysters, Cordyceps, Pioppino, King Trumpet, Nameko, and more!
- Design mushroom growing work spaces for urban, rural, or off-grid operations of any size, and in nearly any climate
- Build and improvise the best tools of the trade
- Grow mushrooms sustainably and regeneratively using zero-waste, low-cost, and low-tech methods
- Integrate mushroom growing into place-based resource management and holistic system designs
- Protect, preserve, and propagate wild mushrooms from your local bioregion or watershed
- Plan workflows for home-, farm-, or community-scale projects
- Work with agar, grains, straw, compost, and woody materials using aseptic ("sterile") practices in the kitchen, lab, or field
- Fully integrate the core principles and best practices of mushroom cultivation to increase yields and avoid setbacks
What You ReceiveEnrollment in this course provides you with these offerings:
- One year of streaming access to the entire course content, including video lectures and demonstrations, field recordings, reference and resource documents, and more!
- Lifetime access to this course’s section on the MYCOLOGOS® web forum where you can share ideas, questions, and success stories with a global community of fellow fungi enthusiasts
- Study and reference materials, and experiential projects designed to reinforce concepts and terminology
- Instructions, materials lists, and support for projects to be done in home, in the field, and in your community
- Question submissions to the course's weekly Question & Answer sessions (if you register before the course begins on July 25)
- Upon completion, a Certificate from MYCOLOGOS recognizing your comprehension of course materials and completion of the course’s requirements. Learn more about our Certificates of Completion here
Ways to JoinYou can sign up for this course at any time as enrollment will be ongoing once the course goes live on July 25, 2019. To register, simply sign up at the link below. Prior to the start of the course, you will receive registration information to set up your account on the MYCOLOGOS Courses Portal, where the videos and other course content will be made available.
You will then have access to the course's contents for a full year, during which time you can engage with the material and the associated projects and assignments at your own pace.
- If you register prior to July 25, 2019, you will be registered for the entire course and will be able to submit questions to all of the course's weekly Q&A sessions. You will also save money off the cost of tuition!
- If you register after July 25, 2019, you will still have access to the entire course, including any Q&A sessions that have been recorded up to that point. But as you will only receive the course contents one week at a time, regardless of when you sign up, you will not be able to submit questions to the recorded weekly Q&A sessions. You will still be able to submit questions via email and on the MYCOLOGOS Community Forum at any time.
Content AccessOnce you are registered, new course content will be provided to your account on the MYCOLOGOS Courses Portal each week, and an email will be sent to you when the new content is available. You will be able to download all of the course’s texts and supplementary materials, though course videos will only be available online, so you will need a reliable internet connection (whether on your smart phone or computer) to watch them.
Who This Course is ForThis course is ideal for anyone interested in being comfortable, confident, and experienced in the life skill of efficient mushroom cultivation – whether in a urban, rural, or off-grid setting. Course participants include:
- Beginner growers seeking a clear understanding of the theories and best practices behind the art and science of mushroom cultivation
- Experienced cultivators wanting new skills, fresh perspectives, and new shortcuts, tricks, and tips
- Parents wanting to grow whole foods and natural medicines for their family
- Teachers of any grade level wishing to equip their students with reliable mushroom growing projects
- Herbalists and alternative healthcare practitioners wishing to grow their own medicinal mushrooms
- Permaculturalists and regenerative designers seeking better means to close loops and increase resilience in their homestead and farm designs
- Citizen scientists wanting to unravel the mysteries of fungal biology for a variety of social and environmental causes
- Professional and amateur biologists wanting hands-on experience with growing mushrooms and mycelium under a variety of conditions and constraints
- Survivalists and ancestral skills practitioners wanting to grow mushrooms with low-tech and repeatable methods
- Conservationists and restoration ecologists needing to protect and propagate indigenous or threatened fungal species
These additional learning tools are optional, but in order to meet the requirements for certification, you can expect to spend approximately 2–4 hours researching, planning, or cultivating for every hour of instruction.
At a minimum, students seeking certification will be expected to complete several readings, complete several cultivation projects outlined in the course, create a cultivation calendar for their local bioregion, and facilitate one community-oriented project related to mushroom cultivation (various options for this will be provided in the first week of the course).
Full details on Certification requirements will be provided in the first week of the course.
You can learn more about our Certificates here.