Fungi & Mushroom Cultivation
Classes & Workshops

Growing Mushrooms for Food, Medicine, & Bio-Remediation

Whether you are a mushroom aficionado or looking to add a different kind of edible to your homegrown efforts, this series is for you! Join Cody for an introduction to fungi and its cultivation: both indoor and outdoor. You and fellow fungi enthusiasts will learn through a balance of presentation and hands-on activities, and leave with your own to grow at home after each session. Whether you attend only one or all workshops, you will gain a broad understanding of the biology, history, cultivation and application of a diverse array of fungi, and will be sure to impress your friends and family alike with your mycological know-how and new edible "gardens".

Photo: Frank Meuschke

Growing Mushrooms Indoors with Buckets

Sunday, July 22
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 19th
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

Growing mushrooms inside allows you to have better control over the environment, and grow these delicious fungi year-round in our Minnesota climate. Cody will start with an introduction to the biology of mushrooms and the theory of indoor mushroom cultivation. You will then drill holes in a five gallon bucket, sterilize and prepare the straw medium, and inoculate with oyster, reishi, or lion's mane mushrooms. Cody will discuss ongoing maintenance, troubleshooting, and harvest. You will leave with an inoculated bucket and a comprehensive handout. 
Limit 18, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Sunday, August 19th
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$65 member/$80 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Wine Cap Cultivation and Bed Inoculation

Sunday, August 19
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

A feast for the eyes as well as the palate, Wine Cap mushrooms have a beautiful burgundy cap and have a nutty flavor that works well for braising, grilling, and sautéing. It is also grows naturally on outdoor beds of woody debris. Learn how to properly locate a small bed in your own backyard (4'x4'), what substrates to use, how to prepare the site, and when to harvest. Cody will explain the biology and cultivation of this species as you and other mushroom enthusiasts watch demonstrations of techniques, and see the finished product. You will leave with wine cap inoculant to try at home, as well as a comprehensive handout.
Limit 18, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$65 member/$80 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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Fungi Cultivation 3-class bundle

$180 member/$216 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies  

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