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!


Peter McCoy

MYCOLOGOS Founder and Mycomind

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)

With an origin dating back nearly 2,000 years, the art of mushroom growing has been woven into human cultures for millennia. In recent years, this practice has become so refined, cost-effective, and enjoyable that people around the world are now able to grow mushrooms with greater ease and lower complexity than ever before. At the same time, research is providing many new and powerful ways to apply mushroom growing to help humans and the environment. There truly has never been a more exciting time to learn how to grow mushrooms!

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.


Course Overview


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 Later

This 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 Learn

This 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 Receive

Enrollment 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 Join

You 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.

Registration Windows

  • 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 Access

Once 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 For

This 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

Get Certified!


This thorough course will not just teach you how to grow dozen of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms species, but – more importantly – how to adapt those skills to nearly any setting or budget throughout your life. To provide the best learning experience, we are including various homework assignments and bonus resources to help reinforce the information covered in the video instruction.

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.

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Have you always wanted to grow your own mushrooms, but didn’t know where to start?


We believe mushroom growing should be as familiar as vegetable and herb gardening. Mushrooms are highly nutritious whole foods with an array of well-documented healing qualities. Better-yet, they can be grown on nearly any organic material, offering the means to increase decrease food scarcity around the world, while also reducing waste streams and increasing topsoil levels in urban and rural environments. Mushrooms are the great loop closers in nature, and, for many ways, should be embraced as the next great life promoters in our modern world.

The more we grow mushrooms, the more clearly we see the incredible power that these beings hold for helping the world’s lands and inhabitants. Whether it's the art, science, mystery, or innumerable applications of mushroom growing that draws you into this special field, we invite you to join us in learning the craft and taking the next big leap in the mycocultural revolution!

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This course’s core objective is to teach you how to grow mushrooms using many of the most efficient and reliable techniques developed to date. Through guided studies, tests, many experiential projects, and other coursework you will develop competency in the topics listed at the top of this page, giving you the means to cultivate mushrooms in some form in nearly any setting. The insights provided will enable you to enrich your personal engagement with nature, with mushrooms, with new forms of cuisine, as well as open new possibilities for academic exploration or career development.
One week prior to the start of the course, you will receive login information to the MYCOLOGOS Courses Portal, where the course videos are hosted, and the MYCOLOGOS Community Forum, where discussion takes place. You will also receive a welcome video at that time that will familiarize you with these online platforms. No preparatory information will be provided prior to the start of the course.

Once the course starts you will receive weekly emails linking you to new course content (e.g. videos, downloads, instructionals, and supplementary resources), which you are free to engage with on your own schedule. The course content is not streamed live, but made available on the weekday listed at the top of this page.
Starting in 2020, MYCOLOGOS will be offering partial scholarships for some of our online and in-person course and events. If you are not financially able to join our courses this year, please check back as details about our scholarship fund continue to develop.
There is always more to learn with mushroom growing. In this course, Peter has compressed over a decade’s worth of experience growing mushrooms, along with teaching other how to do the same, into a systematic approach that is clear, practical, and in many ways innovative in design and conceptualization. One of the central themes of the course is efficient system design, which is supported by examples and principles Peter has honed over many years. Apart from the skills, tools, and techniques covered in this course, we believe these deeper insights are some of the most helpful insights provided that will serve growers of any background.
This course is designed to best support people who want to grow mushrooms for their friends and family, or who want to start or improve a small (garage or basement-scale) farm. Our indoor mushroom farming course launching this winter will cover more advanced practices and space design requirements and considerations for larger mushroom farming operations.
Like plant and animals, mushrooms have limits under which they can survive. While mushrooms can be grown in very hot, cold, or dry environments, the design of the best system to support that growth may require more customization or resource inputs than found in temperate climates. These designs concepts, parameters, and means of approaching them will be discussed in this course, and students will be supported through their practice to adjust their growing environments to be most successful.

That said, we cannot guarantee that every student will be able to grow every species discussed in the course in their local climate. As with plants and animals, some species of mushrooms are better adapted to certain parts of the world and specific environmental conditions. These climactic and regional variations will be discussed in the course to help students quickly determine which species are the best to start their cultivation endeavors with.
Yes! So long as you are able to create an environment that meets the food, water, and temperature needs of a given mushroom, you should be able to grow that species in your setting. But, as noted in the question above, there are some species that are better suited to certain conditions, including those with more limited resoruces. These species variations will be covered in the course.

Thus, while most techniques covered in this course presume access to various tools and resources that are commonly available in most industrialized nations, alternative strategies are, where appropriate, also suggested to help students adapt these techniques to areas of the world where such resources and tools are not as commonly available.
Yes! Anyone is welcome to join the course, so long as they feel comfortable engaging in the topics and understand that we cannot offer language translation services at this time. We are excited to educate students around the world and invite you to join us wherever you are!
Information about our Certificates of Completion can be viewed here.
Yes, though students that join the course by July 25, 2019 will have the added benefits of saving of the cost of tuition and of submitting questions to the course’s weekly recorded Q&A sessions.
Each student will receive access to a section of the MYCOLOGOS Community Forum for this course (2019 Growing Mushrooms for Food, Fun, & Profit), where they can share questions, stories, insights, and more with their class peers. As with other online forums, there will be subthreads for specific topics covered in the course, so that information can be easily sorted and retrieved.
Students joining the course while it is live will be able to submit questions online for a weekly Q&A session of each week’s topics. Students joining after that time will be encouraged to watch the recorded Q&A sessions and check the MYCOLOGOS Community Forum for their queries (in many cases, common questions have already been asked and archived for your convenience). If your question is not answered in either of those areas, you can email us directly.
We do offer a 10% discount per person when groups of 3 or more friends, family members, or colleagues sign up together. Please contact us if you wish to register with a group.
This course is the culmination of over a decade of dedicated research and teaching experience by Peter McCoy to create a robust, holistic, and one-of-a-kind course that is affordable. We ask that at all times you respect this time and energy investment by not sharing your login information or any of the course’s videos and original resources.

In joining this course you are also joining in a pact of mutual respect and trust, shared by you, Peter, and the other students wherein the information and personal accounts shared by all is held within the confines of the course unless otherwise stated. Peter and all of us at MYCOLOGOS thank you in advance for helping maintain the integrity of that pact and for helping ensure a longstanding, and ever-stronger community amongst all MYCOLOGOS students and alumni.

All that said, we want to make clear that we highly encourage you to share you own insights and discoveries that this course brings out and up for you in whatever capacity you desire. We need more Fungal Ambassadors in the world!
This course is a stand alone offering that cannot be broken up. If you are interested in just a portion of the topics listed above, you will need to join the whole course to access those parts.
The projects related to the course are designed to as cost effective as possible. For most techniques, the simplest, most inexpensive approach to achieving that technique's goal will be demonstrated, followed by one or more means to increase the efficiency of that technique (often with some degree of added cost). Peter will encourage starting simple and small to gauge your level of interest and commitment to mushroom growing, while also encouraging investing in his favorite tools when and if the funds become available to you.

That said, you can expect to spend US$50–100 at a bare minimum on supplies, with a budget of US$150-300 offering a bit more comfort and certainty of success when first starting with cultivation.


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