DIY Mushroom Cultivation
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Bring mushrooms into your life as you dive into the practice of home-scale mushroom cultivation


  • Offers reliable, low-cost techniques to grow many types of mushrooms at home, in the garden or on the farm using liquid culture techniques and without the need of a dedicated lab space
  • This fully illustrated book covers the mushroom cultivation process from culture creation, spawn production, substrate preparation to fruiting,
  • Includes applications in permaculture, land stewardship, urban farming, medicinal extraction, cooking, and the arts
  • The techniques are applicable year-round, for a variety of people, spaces, climates, budgets and goals.
  • Clear, step-by-step instructions are accompanied by a foundation of theoretical concepts and information to support a holistic understanding of the practice
  • The author has been teaching mushroom cultivation, ecology, identification, foraging, and cooking across North America for over 7 years
  • The author serves on the Education Committee of the Vancouver Mycological Society
  • Intended audience: those involved in permaculture, land stewardship, urban farming, cooking, natural medicine, the arts, and more

Bring mushrooms into your life as you dive into the practice of home-scale mushroom cultivation

With applications in permaculture, urban farming, cooking, natural medicine, and the arts, interest in home-scale mushroom cultivation is exploding. Yet many beginners remain daunted by the perceived complexity of working with fungi.

DIY Mushroom Cultivation is the remedy, presenting proven, reliable, low-cost techniques for home-scale cultivation that eliminate the need for a clean-air lab space to grow various mushrooms and their mycelium.

Beautiful full-color photos and step-by-step instructions accompany a foundation of mushroom biology and ecology to support a holistic understanding of the practice. Growing techniques are applicable year-round, for any space from house to apartment, and for any climate, budget, or goal. Techniques include:

  • Setting up a home growing space
  • Inexpensive, simple DIY equipment
  • Culture creation from mushroom tissue or spores
  • Growing and using liquid cultures and grain spawn
  • Growing mushrooms on waste streams
  • Indoor fruiting
  • Outdoor mushroom gardens and logs
  • Harvesting, processing, tinctures, and cooking.

Whether you hunt mushrooms or dream about growing and working with them but feel constrained by a small living space, DIY Mushroom Cultivation is the ideal guide for getting started in the fascinating and delicious world of fungiculture.


Acknowledgments

Introduction
Mushrooms and Humans: Past, Present, and Future
A Bit about Me and My Approach to Mushroom Cultivation

1 Mushroom Basics
What Are Mushrooms?
Mushrooms in Ecosystems
What Mushrooms Need to Survive and Thrive

2 Overview of the Cultivation Process
Cultivation Flow
Preparation

3 Workspaces, Tools, and Equipment
Lab Infrastructure and Aseptic Transfer Spaces: Flow Hoods, Still Air Boxes, and More
The Lab Environment and Tools
Where to Inoculate Bulk Substrates
Where to Incubate Growing Mycelium
Fruiting Space: Factors to Consider
Options for Home-Scale Fruiting Chambers
Environmental Control in Fruiting Spaces
Other Spaces

4 Sanitation and Techniques to Avoid Contamination
Vectors of Contamination and Management Strategies
Common Contaminants: Recognition and Management

5 Starting and Maintaining Cultures
Get Cultured
Liquid Culture
Agar Culture
Long-Term Culture Storage Methods

6 Making and Using Grain Spawn
Making Grain Spawn
Using Grain Spawn

7 Fruiting Substrate Formulation and Preparation
Containers for Mycelial Growth and Fruiting
The Substrates
     Substrate Treatments
     Sterilization
     Pasteurization and Alternatives

8 Outdoor Growing and Mushroom Gardening
Growing Mushrooms on Logs and Stumps
Mushroom Beds
Next-Level Applications

9 Harvest, Processing, and Use
When and How to Harvest
Basic Cooking Techniques
Preservation Methods
Mushrooms and Mycelium for Medicine

In Conclusion: Substrate for Thought—Toward Further Applications
Mycopermaculture
Mycoremediation on a Home Scale
Mycoarts and Fungi as Functional Materials
Community-Based Cultivation Efforts

Appendix 1: Species Profiles
Agrocybe aegerita— Pioppino
Coprinus comatus—Shaggy Mane
Cordyceps militaris—Caterpillar Fungus
Flammulina velutipes and allies—Enoki
Ganoderma lucidum and allies—Reishi
Hericium species—Lion's Mane and allies
Hypsizygus tessulatus—Shimeji
H. ulmarius—Elm Oysters
Lentinula edodes—Shiitake
Pholiota nameko and allies—Nameko
Pleurotus species—Oyster Mushrooms
Stropharia rugoso-annulata—Wine Cap
Trametes versicolor—Turkey Tail

Appendix 2: Resources
General
Annual Mycology Gatherings

Bibliography
Index
About the Author and Illustrator
A note about the publisher

Subjects

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Published 16 July 2019
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EAN13 9781771422840
Language English
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