Skills for Low Tech Mushroom
Cultivation Weekend Course

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Mushroom Cultivation Course

Course Description

In collaboration with Danielle Stevenson of D.I.Y. Fungi, this course will introduce the art and science of mushroom cultivation by offering low-tech, home-scale methods for growing mushrooms for food, medicine and earth renewal. We will focus on less-sterile approaches to creating your own mushroom cultures (“spawn”), fruiting mushrooms for food and medicine, and working with fungi to build soil, boost your garden, and address soil and water contamination.

Throughout this mushroom cultivation course, you will learn about setting up cultivation space at home, gathering materials and equipment, and gain experiential hands-on skills to make liquid cultures, petri cultures, grain spawn, sawdust kits, and more. You will learn simple ways to grow and make mushroom medicine, grow mushrooms in your garden, digest household waste with fungi, and work with fungi for remediation. The course will involve a mix of lecture-style learning and a lot of hands-on indoor and outdoor skill building.

Saturday will focus on growing cultures from spores and starting spawn. Sunday will focus on mushroom fruiting and outdoor installations.

Each participant will take away their own mushroom cultures (1 liquid culture, 1 Oyster or King Stropharia mushroom grow kit + 1 grain spawn jar) and a Mushroom Cultivation Manual to refer back to. Valued at $75-100.


Danielle Stevenson

Danielle Stevenson

Danielle Stevenson is an applied mycologist and the founder of D.I.Y. Fungi, which offers education and mushroom cultures to help people of all ages grow mushrooms for food, medicine, and earth renewal. Through D.I.Y Fungi, and her diverse work as a food systems consultant and community organizer, Danielle develops

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Kate Morgan

Kate Morgan

Kate Morgan is a permaculture farmer and avid mycologist. She began pursuing her interest in environmental remediation with research on hydrocarbon degradation by marine microbial communities surrounding oil seeps and spills while completing her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC Santa Barbara.

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Paul Swenson

Paul Swenson

Paul Swenson is a founding steward of Quail Springs Permaculture where he helped develop the site, community and its offerings for over eight years. He discovered the beauty, function, and joy of natural building in 2005 while building the foundation and wall system of a cob house. He has been building and baking with earthen materials ever since. Paul’s teaching style is empowering and puts people at ease, with an emphasis on self-discovery, enjoyment, creating community.

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Registration Information

  • Sliding Scale Cost: $350 –$500 — What is Sliding Scale?
  • Course fee includes: Instruction, materials, farm fresh meals, camping & facilities
  • Limited to 40 students


  • Early Bird: $50 discount if paid in full by October 1st (Discount Code: FIRSTFRUIT)
  • Financial Aid: Work trade positions are full for this course. Please click here to contact us.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Before October 20: Full refund available excluding $50 cancellation fee
  • Between Oct 20 - Nov 8: Partial refund (with non-refundable $100 deposit)
  • After November 8: No refund available

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