Growing Oyster Mushrooms (click on the main title above to see the beauty of these mushrooms)
Keith and I decided that we were under utilizing the timber ground of this farm. We planned a few projects to re-connect us with the beauty of the forest. The first two projects were; tapping Walnut trees and inoculating logs for mushroom production. At the time of year when we would normally be inside the house these projects brought us outdoors to enjoy the timber. This past winter we cut aspen trees for growing mushrooms. In February we set up a production line to inoculate the logs.
Last March the inoculated logs were stacked on pallets in the timber.
This week we harvested the first mushrooms. We're growing both Grey Dove and PoHu Oyster mushrooms. Now that the mushrooms are growing the next step is to stand the logs up on end in a tepee fashion. These logs will actively produce mushrooms for the next few years.
We bought our supplies at Field and Forest Products An added benefit of buying from them is that they sell certified organic mushroom spores.
Here's a great book to get you started; Organic Mushroom Farming