Workshop: Mushroom Cultivation Fundamentals


Instructor Zach “The Mushroom Guy” Mermel will teach the basics of mushroom cultivation at Volcano Art Center on Saturday, April 16, from 10am – 3pm (please bring a lunch). Course fees are $40 for VAC members and $50 for non-members plus a $25 supply fee. Pre-registration is required.

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 and straw. You’ll also discover the health benefits of different edible and medicinal fungi in Hawaii. Attendees will gain hands on experience inoculating their own mushroom kits as well as logs, which they can take home at the end of the day.

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.

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