A “FUN”gi Workshop – Growing Shiitake Mushrooms

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Do you like mushrooms? If the answer is yes, here’s another question. Would like to grow mushrooms? If that answer is also yes, you’re in luck. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension is offering a workshop on growing shiitake mushrooms. Shiitakes grow very well in our area and because they are grown on stacked oak logs, they take up little space.

The workshop is being held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Muddy Creek Farm from noon until 4:00. Participants will be taken through the entire process of inoculating the logs with spawn. They are asked to bring three oak or sweet gum logs that are 4 feet long with a diameter of 4 to 6 inches. After the logs are inoculated, one will be kept for research purposes and the other two logs will be taken home by the participant. Directions about how to care for the mushroom logs will be covered at the workshop. After completing the workshop, those in attendance will be eligible to receive enough spawn to inoculate 200 logs of their own. The spawn is free.

The workshop will take place outside so folks should dress accordingly. If you would like to attend this workshop, you need to call our office at 439-4460 to register and to get directions to the site. It’s a unique experience and if you like to see and do things that are out of the ordinary, this is the workshop for you.