News release: Mushroom Workshop at the Great Plains Growers Conference

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640

Release Date: December 8, 2016
Headline: Mushroom Workshop at the Great Plains Growers Conference

As mentioned in my last column, we will be having an all-day workshop on mushrooms at the Great Plains Growers Conference in St. Joseph. The date will be Thursday, January 12, 2017.  The conference will continue January 13-14 with other topics.

This will be the second year for our mushroom workshop.  Attendees last year indicated an interest in learning more about mushroom production, so we will be featuring Joe Krawczyk, a co-founder and co-owner of Field & Forest, a major provider of mushroom supplies for mushroom growers in the Midwest.

Joe will cover everything you need to know to get started in growing mushrooms, from inoculating the mushroom spawn to harvesting and marketing.

He starts with a presentation on the biology and cultivation of mushrooms. This not only covers the basic biology of cultivated mushroom species, but describes in practical terms how this knowledge will aid your success as a mushroom cultivator.

Next, you will need to know what mushrooms to grow. This track is designed for beginners who want to grow mushrooms but don't know where to begin.

Now that you have chosen the species of mushrooms that you would like to grow, you will need to know the details on how to grow them.  His next talk, “Growing Woodland Mushrooms,” focuses on log grown mushrooms such as Oyster, Shiitake, Lion's mane, etc. ... the wood loving species.

Joe’s final presentation will highlight marketing.  “Growing Mushrooms for a Farm Market” will discuss the most popular species, how to schedule production, and then harvesting, storing and marketing them.

Krawczyk says, “The programs are sequenced so that the interested person, who knows nothing about fungi, can attend the first talk to see how this all works in the big picture. Each successive program tightens the focus so that after the morning session one should know if they have the interest and resources to pursue cultivation further.”

The afternoon sessions then go into the details needed to successfully start and operate a mushroom growing operation.

The workshop registration is $55. For more information about the conference and a registration form, call the Buchanan County Extension office at (816) 279-1691.  You may also register on-line and find additional information on our web site at: