Mushroom Magic: Inoculation and Foraging Walk

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Hosted by Wild Ground Alabama
A workshop on inoculating, identifying and wild harvesting mushrooms. Perfect for beginner and experienced mycophiles.

About this Event

We are so excited to present a Wild Ground Workshop led by Jared Wood and Zac Napier at Common Ground Community.

The day will include:

  • A participatory session on inoculating logs with oyster and shiitake mushroom spawn, including drilling, inoculating, and covering inoculation sites with wax.
  • A discussion on strategy, safety, and resources for home mushroom cultivation.
  • A walk with naturalist Zac Napier to search for and identify wild mushrooms.
  • A discussion on strategy, safety, and resources for foraging wild mushrooms in Alabama.
  • A mushroom soup lunch with homegrown shiitake and oyster mushrooms.
  • Each participant will go home with two inoculated mushroom logs.

This event will take place at Common Ground Intentional Community, and will include a brief orientation and talk about intentional community.

Questions:

What mushroom varieties will we inoculate with?

We will have oyster and shiitake spawn available, and you may choose them in any quantity you wish. (ex. two oyster, two shiitake, one of each)

How many logs will I take home?

Each participant will go home with two inoculated logs. Additional logs are available for purchase for $8/each.

Do I need a special vehicle to transport my logs home?

Logs are 2 feet log, 3-6 inches in diameter. They can easily transport in a car trunk; you may want to bring a tarp or old towels to cover your car seats.

What kind of environment do I need to grow my logs successfully at home?

Their ideal environment will be shady with good circulation and near a water source, such as under a tree or on the north facing side of a house. In the workshop we will talk about strategies to make sure your logs gets the light, air, and moisture they need to fruit!

How long will it take my log to fruit and how long will it last?

Logs can fruit between 5 month and a year after the workshop. Logs should fruit for about 1 year for every inch of diameter in the log (3-7 years depending on conditions and wood). Many logs fruit multiple times each season.

Located at Common Ground Community in Blountsville (address sent with registration)
When: March 8; 10AM-3PM
Cost: $60/single person; $100/two people, includes two inoculated logs

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