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.
About the Author
Willoughby Arevalo is a mycologist, artist, kitchen wizard, father, and educator who made friends with mushrooms as a young child and has been showing people how to work with fungi for the last decade. He’s been a presenter and co-organizer of the Radical Mycology Convergences of 2012, 2014, and 2016, taught at The Art and Science of Mycorenewal, Recomposing Life and Walking the Mycelial Web intensive mycology courses, and has led workshops and forays at the New Moon Mycology Summit, Telluride Mushroom Festival, and Sunshine Coast Mushroom Festival. Willoughby regularly teaches community workshops locally and internationally on mushroom cultivation, ecology, identification, foraging, and cooking, and serves on the Education Committee of the Vancouver Mycological Society. He works on an organic vegetable farm, makes art in relation with fungi, and grows mushrooms at his home in Vancouver, BC.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Foreword Introduction
Part 1: Theory Chapter 1: How Mushrooms Grow Chapter 2: Overview of the Cultivation Process Chapter 3: Maintaining the Health of our Mycelium
Part 2: Practice Chapter 4: Preparing Your Space Chapter 5: Starting and Maintaining Cultures Chapter 6: Making and Using Grain Spawn Chapter 7: Fruiting Substrate Formulation and Preparation Chapter 8: Initiating and Fruiting in a Controlled Environment Chapter 9: Harvest and Processing Chapter 10: Strain Development and Culture Storage Chapter 11: Integrating Mycelium and Mushrooms into your Ecosystem Chapter 12: Spores for Thought
Appendices Appendix 1: Designs for Specialized Equipment Appendix 2: Species Profiles Appendix 3: Resources
Bibliography Glossary Index