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DIY Mushroom Cultivation: Growing Mushrooms at Home for Food, Medicine, and Soil

DIY Mushroom Cultivation: Growing Mushrooms at Home for Food, Medicine, and Soil

by Willoughby Arevalo


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865718951
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: Homegrown City Life Series , #6
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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


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

Appendix 1: Designs for Specialized Equipment
Appendix 2: Species Profiles
Appendix 3: Resources