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Spring Mushroom Growing Workshop 4/27 & 4/28
Spring Mushroom Growing Workshop
with Kilindi Iyi of Detriot & Kai Wingo of Kai's Cultured Mushrooms
Saturday, April 27, 10 - 4 PM & Sunday, April 28, 12 - 4 PM
at Possibilitarian Garden & Kai's Cultured Mushroom Farm
Mushroom cultivation, at its heart, is energizing tissue culture and maximizing spawn production. Mushroom strains can be cloned, expanded, and maintained on sterilized media. That may sound complicated, but in actuality mushroom cultivation can be easy, fun and rewarding. On Saturday, April 27 from 10 - 4 pm and Sunday, April 28 from 12 - 4 pm in the Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland, we will be holding a workshop to make mushroom growing accessible to everyone. The workshop will begin at Possbilitarian Garden, 2909 E 117th St, Cleveland and travel to Kai's Cultured Mushroom Farm at 2765 E 127th St.
Aimed at anyone with an interest, this two-day workshop will cover the best ways to cultivate delicious gourmet and medicinal mushrooms at home, in the garden, farm, woodland or permaculture plot. We will begin to explore how mushrooms meet our needs from providing everything from food, soil development, water remediation, to relief from tumors, ulcers, arthritis and diabetes.
The focus of the course will be on using simple methods suitable to growing Shiitake, Oyster, Lions Mane, and Garden Giant mushrooms without the need for expensive equipment. We believe that most gardens and food systems are under-served by omitting the cultivation of fungi. This hands-on workshop will mobilize mushroom growers into integrating fungi by getting to know them and learning how to interact with them. Participants of this workshop will have the knowledge to expand techniques into the space they have available- from a city flat to a five-acre woodland - and get growing for personal use or sale to chefs and farmers markets. Everyone will participate in hands-on mushroom growing techniques including making straw grow bags & inoculating logs. All workshop participants will go home with their own mushroom growing kit.
Class topics include: life cycle of fungi; identifying edible fungi; mushroom compost; mushroom nutrition; spawn production; growing conditions; growing outside; woodland mushroom farming (logs, wood chips, and composts); indoor production; inexpensive start-up options for beginners (small and large scale); variety of cultivation techniques; organic pest management.
Much of the workshop will happen outdoors, do dress appropriately! The workshop will happen rain or shine. Bring a chair.
COST OF WORKSHOP*+ 2-Day EARLY BIRD by April 5th : $100 2-Day Registration: $125 1-Day Registration: $80
*Cost of workshop includes mushroom growing kit and light vegetarian lunch. +Special Rate for Buckeye Residents & scholarships may be available, inquiry early, as they are limited.
Kilindi Iyi has been cultivating mushrooms for more than 30 years. His fascination with mushrooms goes back to the early seventies. In recent years, he has been teaching others to grow medicinal and gourmet mushrooms for business and hobby purposes. His favorite varieties of mushrooms are Shiitake, Oyster, Lion’s Mane, and Maitake. Living in Detroit, Kilindi shares his mushroom knowledge with urban farmers and gardeners adding the rich culture of mushroom cultivation as a welcomed addendum to gardens in the city. Kilindi also gives a historical background into the antiquity of mushrooms and how our environment is enhanced by mushrooms paring with plants in the natural world. Kilindi’s goal is to find new sustainable ways of growing mushrooms organically.What started out as a hobby has blossomed into a committed mission to help the urban setting utilize mushroom cultivation as a tool for a better world.
--------------- A native of Cleveland, Kai Wingo has been growing mushrooms for three years. Her passion is sharing the understated value of fungi in urban agriculture. In its inaugural year, Kai's Cultured Mushroom Farm is taking root in Buckeye at 2765 E 127th, Cleveland. You can find Kai's Cultured Mushrooms for sale at the Coit Road & Wade Oval Wednesday's farmer's market.
This workshop is presented with support from Kultured Mushrooms, Upstream Permaculture, Green Triangle, Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA), Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL), Neighborhood Connections and Possibilitarian Garden.