Mushroom Cultivation Design Course

MCDCSpring2014Eugene | Oregon

March 24-28th | 2014

5-Day Hands-On Course

Lunch and Camping Included

Details below…


Join this unique 5 day course to learn the practices of mushroom growing from a team of experienced cultivators. This course is an excellent primer for those thinking of growing mushrooms for food and medicine, business, soil development, or personal pursuit.

Considerations for growing mushrooms in the more extreme environments of tropical, dry-land, high altitude, coastal, and cold climate will also be covered.

From complimenting subsistence gardens to developing a mushroom business, this course will cover all of the techniques needed to carry out your goals. During the week we will help everyone design a plan and schedule for the mushroom growing projects they hope to take up after the course, and we will present the designs at the end of the week to work through as a group.

The course is lead by Ja Schindler, who brings more than a decade of mushroom growing experiences, as well as techniques he has developed with modern appropriate technologies. 

This Course Also Includes:

 100 Page Workbook: Details on a variety of cultivation techniques, material choices, glossary of terms, and technical references.

Mushroom Spawn:  You will get to choose 4 species of edible and medicinal mushrooms to leave with!

Wholesome Meals:  Lunch will be provided daily, and is included in the price. Vegetarian, Gluten Free, and Vegan diets can all be accommodated for, and most of the food is grown right here in the Willamette Valley, with Gourmet Mushrooms and Medicinal Mushroom Teas.

Lodging: Limited camping space on-site is free and available to early registrations. Local accommodations can be booked at these unique Eugene locations, all of which are walking and biking distance to the Event sites:

Class Time: 10am to 7pm Monday – Friday |  Lunch 1-2pm


Early Registration: $500     After March 1st: $650

Option for deposit of $250, with $250 remainder due by March 1st

$400 remainder will be due if paid after March 1st

The Work-trade positions have been filled for this course












Further Details:

Main themes of the week:

Mushroom Ecology as a Land Reading engagement:

This is how we start the week off, an easy hike through the various landscapes of urban Eugene, from Community Gardens to Local Parks, exploring micro-habitats to examine a variety of mushroom environments. In order to know how to grow mushrooms we need to know how those mushrooms like to live, making these connections will help you see different mushroom growing habitats everywhere. We take field notes and bring samples back with us to work through basic identification, spore printing, microscopy, and discussing edibility and medicinal uses.


Mushrooms in the Greenhouse

We will retrofit a greenhouse for mushroom production and plant companionship. In this segment of the course we will be covering how to create artificial growing conditions for a variety of mushrooms, both in the soil and through the use of bags and containers. Irrigation strategies, air circulation, temperature control, and natural pest abatement will also be covered
Mushroom Gardening
A multitude of How-To’s for growing mushrooms right along with all of your vegetables. We will cover companion plantings, mushroom mulches, simple and free mycorrhizae applications, as well as identifying common edible mushrooms already in your garden.
Growing Mushrooms using Appropriate Technologies
There are a lot of ways to grow a lot of mushrooms, and we will be covering many of the standard routes of mushroom cultivation as well as employing some more recently adapted techniques for making better ecological and economic decisions.  Some of these include working with rocket stoves, generating and working with bio-char, passive solar technologies, as well as anaerobic processing. These are all simple real-world approaches which have found their way into many sensible operations, we will be unfolding some new ways to integrate them into mushroom cultivation during this course.
Food Forest Integration | MycoForestry Practices
Eugene has a diversity of food growing sites where we will study the fungal social interplay, uncovering the layers of spaces where we can encourage healthy mushroom societies of our choice, in both the soils and the trees.   Topics of parasitism prevention, mycorrhizal applications, leaf matter mushrooms, and specific mushroom habitat zones will be covered, as well as making appropriate mushroom patches. There are many applications for growing Mushroom Food Forests!
-  This will involve taking the techniques of mushroom cultivation into the bigger picture of ecological stewardship.
We will work the skills developed during the week into the deeper realm of detoxifying soils and waterways with the help of fungi. Introductions to site reading, pollution pre-filtering, bacterial effluent buffering, and soil rebuilding will all be covered through the course.
MycoPermaculture | MycoResiliency
Growing mushrooms for food and medicine at physical Permaculture interfaces such as Bioswales, Hugelculture beds, Greywater systems, and natural structures. Getting more return from our work output, as well as working with fungi to solve problems are themes carried with each step of this course, the intent being to make mushroom cultivation an easier transition for your life.  We will also open up the concepts of the ecological biodiversity conservation opportunities available through mushroom cultivation.
Simple Mushroom Mycelium (spawn) Growing | Basic Lab set-up and Skills
We will need to be build up a network of materials to be able to carry out all of these goals, and this happens in the realm of Spawn development.  I will walk everyone through the basics, from growing mycelium out of cuttings and spores, all the way up through small scale commercial spawn production.  It is simple once you do it a few times, and will likely turn into one of the most valuable skills you will learn in 2014.  We will also be covering a simple open-air technique which I have developed to save you from spending thousands of dollars on equipment and  start growing mushrooms as soon as the course is over!

A depth of information is presented, but the pace and language used also accommodates folks unfamiliar with mushroom growing.

This is not just an overview, we will be cultivating mushrooms from start to finish, with a variety of species at various stages of development, and we will perform every step.

Class sizes are kept fairly small to ensure that everyone can participate in every stage and be able to have any questions addressed.

We will work with Gourmet and Medicinal mushrooms including:

White Elm Oyster - Hypsizygus ulmarius 

Reishi -  Ganoderma tsugae

Garden Giant -  Stropharia rugoso-annulata

Shiitake - Lentinula edodes          

Shaggy Mane - Coprinus comatus

Shaggy Parasol - Macrolepiota rachodes 

Chicken of the Woods - Laetiporus conifericola

Shaggy Mane | Coprinus comatus

Shiitake | Lentinula edodes

King Stropharia / Stropharia rugosso-annulata

King Stropharia / Stropharia rugoso-annulata

White Elm Oyster | Hypsizygus ulmarius

White Elm Oyster | Hypsizygus ulmarius

Turkey Tail | Trametes versicolor

Turkey Tail | Trametes versicolor

Chicken of the Woods | Laetiporus conifericola

Chicken of the Woods | Laetiporus conifericola

Prepping Sawdust Substrate

Prepping Sawdust Substrate

NW Reishi | Ganoderma Tsugae

NW Reishi | Ganoderma Tsugae

Mushroom Log Laying Yard

Mushroom Log Laying Yard

Doing the Mushroom Dance !

Doing the Mushroom Dance !

Edible Retaining Walls

Edible Retaining Walls

Edible Bridges

Edible Bridges

Culture Club

Culture Club

Field Identification

Field Identification

Feel free to contact Ja Schindler with any questions by submitting this form:

4 thoughts on “Mushroom Cultivation Design Course

  1. Hello,

    Workshop sounds great, I would like to do a blogpost on it, if you are interested in this let me know. You could write the post and I could link it to your website, or I could write the post and link it to your website.

    Wesley Price
    Cape Cod Mushroom Blog

    • Wesley, this is Ja Schindler of Fungi For the People, and I really appreciate your offer. I would be happy either way on the blog writing, if you would like me to submit something I can get it to you tonight, is there a preferred email I should send it to?

      Be well,
      Ja Schindler

  2. My name is Seth Asuo a mushroom farmer from Ghana, West Africa. I want to send one of my workers to participate in the march workshop. I want to know if invitation letter can be sent by first week in January 2013 for us to start the VISA processes early enough.

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