10 a.m. to noon
Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash building on MCC's Sidney campus
Ethan Christensen, who has completed his Michigan Mushroom Certification and has a great enthusiasm for fungi, will teach participants how to grow oyster mushrooms. All materials will be provided. Attendees will prepare bags or buckets of pasteurized straw (attendees choice) and inoculate them with Ostreatus pleurotus, the oyster mushroom. Oysters are aesthetically pleasing, resistant to bacterial contamination during the colonization phase, mature to the fruiting stage relatively quickly, and – best of all – are edible and delicious! Christensen will also talk about other commonly cultivated species and cultivation methods, including log spawning and cultivating mushrooms alongside plants in vegetable gardens. When you leave, you’ll have a healthy dose of fungal knowledge and a bag or bucket that will begin producing mushrooms within a few weeks. Pre-registration is encouraged by May 20 to ensure enough supplies by emailing email@example.com. Participation is free, but please bring a 5-gallon bucket with you to the class.