Workshop: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms



Instructor Zach Mermel will teach the basics of mushroom cultivation in the “Food From Wood: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips” workshop on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9am – 12pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Wondering what to do with those undesirable exotic trees on the Back Forty? By teaming with certain fungi, you can turn that pesky plant problem into an edible solution. A wonder drug or just darn tasty, the humble mushroom belongs to a kingdom seldom explored. Mushrooms are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and nutrition with the added bonus of “easy to grow”. Their health benefits are well known and their ecological advantages are just now being fully realized.

Now you can learn basic fungal biology and how fungal mycelium colonizes different materials, particularly wooden logs, stumps, and wood chips. You’ll also discover the health benefits of different edible and medicinal fungi in Hawai‘i.

Course fees are $50 for VAC members and $55 for non-members.

Pre-registration is required. Each participant will depart with a shiitake mushroom log kit, as well as a King Stropharia mushroom kit.

This workshop is FULL! Please contact VAC to be placed on a Wait List. 

To register, call Volcano Art Center at 808-967-8222



If you’re an eager epicurean, avid horticulturalist or just interested in mushrooms, Zach encourages you along with farmers, gardeners, and homeowners seeking to incorporate the growing of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms into their lives and livelihoods to attend!


  1. Kathie Inoue says

    Aloha will you be having more Mushroom cultivation classes?
    If so when? Will you be having any in Oct, Nov or Dec?

    • Volcano Art Center (AJ) says

      Aloha Kathie,

      No upcoming classes are scheduled at this time, but we will update our website with information as soon as a future class is scheduled!


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