Last Saturday we held our first seminar in our Home Food Production Series. It focused on teaching participants Shiitake Mushroom Log cultivation.
CMAP is big on learning by doing, so after a quick introduction, we spent most of the day actually inoculating oak logs with shiitake mushroom spawn!
Growing these mushrooms allows us to participate and benefit from a local ecological relationship. Our forests at camp Mitchell need thinning to allow for healthier growth. We grow these mushrooms on the logs we cut while thinning, giving us a new food source as well as a a new ecological relationship to teach and explore.
Participants trimmed mushrooms off logs that were inoculated last year, and sent them to the camp kitchen.
Chef Adam crafted a great meal from our garden produce, including the shiitake mushrooms!
All the participants took home a log of their own that should start producing mushrooms by this time next year.
Their work also helped us get started on Camp Mitchell's stock pile of mushroom logs. Jenny and I were able to finish up the logs the next day and counted 50! So be on the look out for our mushrooms at our market tables next year!
Hope you can join our next seminar on April 29th, for raised bed gardening. You can see the other seminars we will be offering on our 2017 events tab.
Hope to see you there!
Farm Program Director