MycoNaut: Advanced Mushroom Cultivation Workshop with Dr Sam Gandy

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Learn an advanced technique for bulk mushroom growing at home with Dr Sam Gandy

Learning the ropes of mushroom growing can be an intimidating hobby for beginner growers, but being able to cultivate one’s own mushrooms yields many benefits, promoting independence and self-sufficiency. There is a growing recognition of the therapeutic and health promoting potential of the many types of mushrooms. So rather than having to rely on buying expensive supplements or store bought products, why not learn to easily grow your own mushrooms in bulk at home? 

Through a mixture of theory and practical demonstration, Sam will lead you through the process of growing your own mushrooms in bulk, from spore to spore, with a tried and tested method that is suitable for beginner and seasoned growers alike. He will break down the different stages of the process into a clear and accessible format using a simple approach that is highly effective and immensely rewarding. Low cost and requiring minimal equipment or expensive tools, this advanced technique has a low environmental footprint.

We will cover

  • An introduction to working with agar, and inoculating it with spores
  • Construction of a simple still air box and glove box for fungi inoculations
  • An introduction to simple liquid culture techniques
  • Grain substrate preparation
  • Jar lid customisation
  • Performing inoculations using sterile procedure
  • Using a pressure cooker for sterilisation
  • Monotub fruiting chamber construction
  • Preparation and pasteurisation of bulk substrate for bulk fruiting
  • Taking spore prints
  • Recommendations on harvesting, drying and storage
  • A guided walkthrough using presentation and practical experience of the process from start to finish
  • Detailed support resources people have access to following workshop

These core methods can be applied to many different types of mushrooms, and by attending this workshop you will come away with the knowledge necessary for embarking on your own bulk mushroom growing journey.

Post workshop, you will have access to a walkthrough guide and a variety of other resources to help them get growing.

When and where?

LoveShack is a cool, cosy, candlelit patch of vegan paradise tucked under the railway arches of Cambridge Heath Station. Their mushroom focused menu and range of mushroomy drinks are the perfect combo for this event!

Come along, get yourself a Lion's Mane Cacao and get settled in for an afternoon of mushroom magic!

Saturday 10th June /  12-4pm / LoveShack, 299 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9HA


Your Facilitator

Dr Sam Gandy

Sam Gandy is a lifelong nature lover, an ecologist, an amateur hobbyist mycologist, writer and speaker. A collaborator with the Centre for Psychedelic Research of Imperial College London, he has a particular research interest in the capacity of psychedelics to (re)connect humans to the natural world. He is an experienced communicator, and would love to share his growing passion for cultivating fungi. Sam has had his fair share of setbacks and failures in the fungi growing game, and would like to assure anyone reading this that if he can do it, they can too!


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