Beyond learning the skills necessary to isolate and clone fungi, there is a range of other techniques to learn and master on the path to growing Mushrooms. This workshop builds on the techniques taught in our basics workshops and requires little prior knowledge other than familiarity with the peroxide agar tek.
This workshop will cover how to use your agar cultures to grow your own edible and medicinal mushrooms. We will demonstrate agar to spawn to bulk to fruiting and discuss variations based on species. We will also discuss basic equipment that you will need along the way, Still Air Boxes, and fruiting chambers.
Over the last decade, advances in mushroom cultivation have made growing considerably easier and available to any citizen scientist who has access to a standard kitchen. If you already have mycological Mad Skillz, you are also welcome to attend and share.
Caine Barlow is a fungi educator who has been cultivating and studying fungi for 14 years. In 2019 he completed a Master's degree where his research project was to predict a preliminary conservation status for many Australian fungi.
As a fungi educator, he is passionate about encouraging people to see fungi in a new light by demonstrating how easy they are to grow in kitchen and garden environments. He likes to inspire a sense of creativity in the cloning and propagation of mycelium, experimentation with different substrates, and how to hack together equipment.
Through exploring the forests of Far South Tasmania, Caine's interest in fungi evolved from foraging to learning how to culture native species for conservation, and on to cultivating a variety of culinary and medicinal species. Then to further studies into mycorrhizal fungi, mycoremediation, and mycorestoration.
When not growing fungi, Caine volunteers his time with Entheogenesis Australis, MYCOmmunity Applied Mycology, and the Australian Psychedelic Society. He writes for DoubleBlind and is also a regular contributor, “trusted identifier” and administrator on a variety of fungi oriented website forums and facebook groups.
Caine has an Instagram account "Guerrilla Mycology” where he blogs about his cultivation techniques and the enthnomycology of fungi he finds in the field.
Darklight has been working with aseptic medicinal and endangered plant species propagation for over 20 years. Moving into fungal propagation was a natural progression ( or unfortunate side-effect, you choose 😉 . Right now, Darklight is working on long-term archiving of local NNSW fungal species for future remediation and revegetation work- the culture library consists of a fair range of local macrofungi whose ultimate purposes have yet to be revealed to us. But they're here for a reason, and so are we.
What fascinates Darklight is the progression of fungal lab technology towards being more accessible to citizen scientists. Kitchen mycology is easy, safe and productive these days. The teks keep getting better and the outputs more diverse and rewarding.
Our workshop welcomes people at all skills levels. Learn and share.
Jess is a botanical illustrator and tattooer living in Northern Rivers NSW/ Bundjalung country.
A love of the natural world, gardening and science have lead her to ongoing involvement in a citizen mycology project, cactus farming, low harm off-grid living and study of plant tissue culture.