Workshop: How to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms on Logs
Register by March 13
Doug Williams and “Shiitake Mama” Sandra Williams, from Lost Creek Mushroom Farm-Shiitake Mama in Perkins, will teach this hands-on workshop on growing shiitake mushrooms on hardwood logs, Saturday, March 17, from 9-4, at St. Francis of the Woods Spiritual Renewal Center, on Highway 33 in Coyle.
The workshop will include a presentation and discussion on the nutritional, health and medicinal benefits of shiitakes, principles of growing shiitakes on oak and similar hardwood logs, and the tools and materials required. The Williams will teach shiitake log processes and practices, how to handle pests and diseases, and harvesting. Lunch will be served, featuring shiitake mushrooms. All participants receive hands-on training in inoculation – drilling holes, injecting spawn (the mushroom seed material), and waxing the holes. Each participant will inoculate and take home two logs and resource materials.
The first crop should be ready for harvest in the late fall. Logs will produce mushrooms about every two months with regular soaking and watering. The logs will keep growing for 3-5 years, putting out more mushrooms each time until about halfway through their life-span. Then the harvest gradually tapers off. When the log is spent, it can enrich garden soil.
The Williams have been growing shiitakes on logs since 1986. Lost Creek Mushroom Farm-Shiitake Mama sells DYI shiitake log kits online. As mushroom farming volunteers they have traveled to Africa and India to train mushroom farmers, and to China to learn about edible and medicinal mushrooms. They created the Mushrooms for Well Being Foundation and the Mushrooms in Ghana Project to promote mushroom education, consumption and small-scale mushroom farming worldwide.
The cost of the workshop is $90 per person. Preregistration is required with a nonrefundable $45 deposit.
Registration is by phone or mail only. For credit card payments call 1-800-792-0053. Send checks and registration information to Lost Creek Mushroom Farm, PO Box 520, Perkins, OK 74059. Cash, credit cards and checks accepted for the remainder on the day of the workshop. Registration closes Tuesday, March 13.
Accommodations in cabins at St. Francis of the Woods are $40 per person (refundable), payable with the deposit or onsite.
For more information about the workshop, contact Sandra Williams by email or phone (405-612-6814). For more information about staying at St. Francis of the Woods, contact Brad Wilson by email or phone (405-466-3774).