‘Food From Wood’

Mush­room cul­ti­va­tion work­shop re­turns to Vol­cano Art Cen­ter

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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Mush­rooms, an ex­cel­lent source of veg­e­tar­ian pro­tein and nu­tri­tion, can grow on logs, stumps and wood chips


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