DIY Grow Your Own Mushrooms Class over Zoom!!!
Have you ever wanted to grow your own gourmet edible mushrooms, but didn't know where to start or thought it would require too much equipment? Well, here is your chance to make it happen even if you have zero experience!
The Arizona Mushroom Society is offering a class to walk you through each and every step of purchasing and assembling oyster mushroom grow bags so you can grow your own.
Here's how it works:
1. Register for the class (capacity of 50 registrants).
2. We send you links and information about easily accessible supplies that will be used as the substrate. Please make sure to pay close attention as to what to buy.
3. We send mushroom spawn from the Pryor Lab at to your local County Cooperative Extension office for pick-up.
4. We join together for a Zoom meeting on March 27th. The meeting will be led by Chad Borseth and Ray Younghands who will walk you through the process of assembling the grow bags and share basic fruiting instructions.
This class uses the non-sterile Milton Tam method, which has proven very effective for growing oyster mushrooms on kitty litter and rabbit food (yes, these are the actual supplies used for the substrate). It is non-sterile, so your substrate will not need to be sanitized or otherwise treated prior to inoculation. The non-sterile method works very well with the Phoenix oyster mushroom strain you will be provided.
The class will cost $20 per participant, which includes the spawn, a grow bag, and shipping costs to send these to your local County Cooperative Extension Office. You will be responsible for purchasing the kitty litter and rabbit food on your own. Estimated cost for these is about 20-30 dollars. You will likely have enough substrate and spawn to create additional grow bags after the class. For those who do not want or need spawn or may just want to watch the Zoom class, there is an option to register for $5 per participant.
There are no refunds for registrations. However, a recording of the Zoom meeting will be available for any registrants after the class.