Mushroom cultivation

Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 April 2021 
The course runs from 9.30am to 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton

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Learn about mushroom growing on this two day hands-on course. You will be able to take home a shiitake inoculated log and oyster mushroom inoculated straw.

What will the Mushroom cultivation course cover?

The course introduces the wonderful world of fungi. Learn what a significant role fungi play in the cycles of life and how they enhance the environment. Hands-on practical activities will give participants skills in several ways of cultivating mushrooms suitable for small spaces. We will look at how to integrate fungi into Permaculture systems in gardens, small holdings & farms.

The course will cover the following:

  • Introduction to fungi and cultivated species
  • The essentials of cultivating any mushroom species
  • The specifics of growing shiitake mushrooms on logs (practical), including selection of logs, inoculation, waxing, spawn run, the harvesting cycle, shocking, fruiting and resting, and pests and diseases
  • The specifics of growing oyster mushrooms on substrate bags (practical), including selection of substrate, inoculation, spawn run, the harvesting cycle, and pests and diseases
  • Inoculating lawns and mulch beds with mushrooms like Morels, Shaggy Ink Caps and King Strapharia
  • Domestic and small scale production of gourmet mushrooms
  • Contacts and references

Please note that it may be difficult to take home both a mushroom log and oyster mushroom bag if you are travelling by public transport.

Who is the Mushroom cultivation course for?

The course is open to anyone over the age of 16 and no prior knowledge is necessary.

The practical element of the course involves very basic woodwork, carried out in pairs, and is not strenuous.

Brighton Permaculture Trust aims to meet the needs of participants with physical disabilities and leaning difficulties. If you have any issues which you feel may affect your ability to attend or participate in this course, please contact us to discuss them prior to booking.

Learning methods and outcomes

A discussion about what participants want from the course will be followed by talks and slide presentations. However, half the course will be devoted to practical hands-on experience with guidance from the tutor. By the end of the course, participants will have the information and skills necessary to cultivate a few types of mushrooms in several ways. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.

Course tutor

Bill Knight used to be a civil engineer until he discovered designing for sustainability and got into Permaculture. Since 1997 he has been living and working at Keveral Farm in Cornwall where he is a member of the workers’ co-operative which manages the farmland helping work on the veggie box scheme, running Permaculture courses, farming organic fruit and veg on 10 acres and growing gourmet mushrooms to sell to box customers, restaurants and shops. Bill is also a sustainability consultant working with local authorities and social enterprises. In his spare time he likes to forage in the woods.

Venue/Accommodation

Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
Brighton
Sussex
South East England

Get directions to Stanmer Park.

If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.

Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.

What does this course lead on to?

This short specialist course is not accredited and does not lead on directly to any other courses.

Recommended reading

No reading is required prior to the course. The text listed here is a recommendation only:

Fees

Fees include tuition, refreshments, handouts and information sheets.

  • £275 – Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £275 – Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £235 – Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £195 – Individual income less than 18k/yr
  • £155 – Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the  cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking the Mushroom cultivation course

Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course/event. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.

Paying for your place

If you have completed the booking process but you haven’t received a confirmation email from us please contact us to check your booking has gone through.

If you are booking within two weeks of the event, or the event is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay by cheque or BACS. Instead, you will need to pay immediately using a credit/debit card or PayPal.

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Book 24-25 April 2021 course

"Bill is a brilliant course leader who was able to tailor to the needs of each pupil to provide them with relevant information."

Heather

Brighton Permaculture Trust
2018-10-23T20:17:29+01:00
"Bill is a brilliant course leader who was able to tailor to the needs of each pupil to provide them with relevant information." Heather
"Good knowledgeable tutor. Genuinely excited by all things mushroomy. Take-home logs and straw bags was a real bonus."

Emma

Brighton Permaculture Trust
2018-10-23T20:16:19+01:00
"Good knowledgeable tutor. Genuinely excited by all things mushroomy. Take-home logs and straw bags was a real bonus." Emma
"I am so glad that I made the decision to attend the course. Every minute was worth it. I would recommend to anyone interested."

Lilian

Brighton Permaculture Trust
2018-10-23T20:21:55+01:00
"I am so glad that I made the decision to attend the course. Every minute was worth it. I would recommend to anyone interested." Lilian
"Very interesting to have the additional info of the wider benefits of fungi in the environment (i.e. a permaculture fungi course rather than simply 'grow your own')."

Don McLean

Brighton Permaculture Trust
2018-10-23T20:18:43+01:00
"Very interesting to have the additional info of the wider benefits of fungi in the environment (i.e. a permaculture fungi course rather than simply 'grow your own')." Don McLean
"Great bunch of people, really learned lots, just love the practical practice, and to be able to take the log and straw inoculated with mycelium home was a bonus, just hope I don't kill it now!"

Deborah Gould

Brighton Permaculture Trust
2018-10-23T20:16:48+01:00
"Great bunch of people, really learned lots, just love the practical practice, and to be able to take the log and straw inoculated with mycelium home was a bonus, just hope I don't kill it now!" Deborah Gould
"Great group of enthusiasts, fantastic that we could take away inoculated logs and straw bags! Loads of follow up help as well - websites, spawn producers etc. Thanks Bill and Stephan. Brilliant course!"

Jim
Brighton Permaculture Trust
2018-10-23T20:22:27+01:00
"Great group of enthusiasts, fantastic that we could take away inoculated logs and straw bags! Loads of follow up help as well - websites, spawn producers etc. Thanks Bill and Stephan. Brilliant course!" Jim
"I feel I have learnt to grow a range of mushrooms effectively, using a number of different techniques. I have already started growing shiitake, oyster and reishi mushrooms. Very exciting."

Peter Deadman

Brighton Permaculture Trust
2018-10-23T20:19:11+01:00
"I feel I have learnt to grow a range of mushrooms effectively, using a number of different techniques. I have already started growing shiitake, oyster and reishi mushrooms. Very exciting." Peter Deadman
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