‘Food From Wood’
Mushroom cultivation workshop returns to Volcano Art Center
It’s back! Instructor Zach Mermel will teach the basics of mushroom cultivation during his workshop titled, “Food From Wood: Growing Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps and Wood Chips,” from 9 a.m.noon Feb. 3 at Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.
Wondering what to do with those undesirable exotic trees on the “back forty”? By teaming with certain fungi, you can turn that pesky plant problem into an edible solution. A wonder drug or just darn tasty, the humble mushroom belongs to a kingdom seldom explored.
Mushrooms are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and nutrition with the added bonus of “easy to grow.” Their health benefits are well known and their ecological advantages are just now being fully realized.
Now you can learn basic fungal biology and how fungal mycelium colonizes different materials, particularly wooden logs, stumps and wood chips. You’ll also discover the health benefits of different edible and medicinal fungi in Hawaii.
If you’re an eager epicurean, avid horticulturalist or just interested in mushrooms, Mermel encourages you along with farmers, gardeners and homeowners seeking to incorporate the growing of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms into their lives and livelihoods to attend.
Course fees are $50 for VAC members or $55 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. Each participant will depart with a shiitake mushroom log kit, as well as a king stropharia mushroom kit. The Ni‘aulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road.
To register or for more information, call 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.
Mushrooms, an excellent source of vegetarian protein and nutrition, can grow on logs, stumps and wood chips