Our guest expert for this course is the brilliant Matthew Rooney. Matthew has been a mushroom grower for over 20 years. He runs the first certified biodynamic mushroom farm in the world, Gourmet Mushrooms Limited, in Essex UK. He specialises in cultivating native mushrooms which are foraged from the wild and brought into cultivation. Growing both edible and medicinal mushrooms, he even has his own variety of Reishi named after him. He is expert in all aspects of mushroom growing from collecting wild specimens through propagation and growing to harvest and selling.
This course covers growing common edible mushrooms as well as the cultivation of wild species. Topics include:
Preparation: The mini clean room, sterilisation, pasteurisation, equipment, materials and substrates (beds, logs, kits, cardboard and other medium).
Propagation: Aseptic cuttings, spawn, inoculation, mycelium, slurries, manuring, watering, other techniques and practices.
Harvesting and uses: Culinary and medicinal. Selling in farmer’s markets.
Day 1 - 18th May
Introduction to growing
Mushroom log inoculation
Day 2 - 19th May
Making growing blocks
Outdoor growing beds
Early bird is now sold out.