This past July long weekend, Justin Lecocq hosted a shiitake mushroom workshop on the Myriad Village land. Attended by about six people, Justin taught us how to create a fungus farm for shiitake growing. East Asian shiitake mushrooms are not only edible, but also used medicinally and can be a great resource for any community.
Justin kicked it off by cutting down a dead oak tree with a chainsaw. After bringing the chopped logs to the workshop area, we cut off all the branches. With that complete, we drilled rows of holes into the logs about four inches apart. Everyone, even the kids enjoyed using power tools to drill the holes. After that task was complete, we pushed dowls with spores into the holes, with kids helping for that too. Adults poured melted wax over the dowls to lock the spores into the wood. After that was done, we looked for a place to set them down. Stepping carefully around the poison ivy, we found a resting place for the mushroom-logs in a damp spot in the woods behind Justin’s yurt.