Spring Shiitake Workshop

April 11, 2017

On Saturday April 8th we hosted a shiitake workshop with Growing Places, a community based gardening collective, in Leominster MA.  Seventeen aspiring mushroom cultivators turned out to plug red oak logs with dowel spawn.  We utilized an amazing new tool from Field and Forest- the deluxe express drill tool (a converted angle grinder) to effortlessly prepare the logs for inoculation.  Let's hope that one year from now after the shiitake mycelium has run through its substrate we get a bountiful harvest like our own homegrown below!

                                FHM shiitakes after a heavy rain just before harvest

                                                     Drilling holes in oak logs


                                               Dowel spawn and wax station



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