DIY Homesteader Festival Workshop:
Wine-cap Mushroom Beds
Join Tom Nagy of River City Mushrooms to cultivate your knowledge of growing mushrooms on your homestead – and actually cultivate some wine cap mushrooms in a wood chip bed! Learn the skills and techniques needed to prepare and cultivate Stropharia rugosoannulata (wine cap) mushrooms.
Hands-on:Participants will help establish a wine cap mushroom bed.
Accessibility: This workshop takes place in outdoors or under an outdoor shelter on grass or pine-needle forest floor (not as pokey as it sounds). We can have a desk and chair available at the workshop space upon request in the event it is not accessible for a participant to sit on the ground or on a hay bale.
Born in Hamilton Ontario, Tom Nagy is an ecologist with a passion for botany and mycology who has worked as an organic farmer, field botanist and environmental consultant. Tom advocates for a greater understanding and appreciation of how we interact with the natural world by writing thoughtful and engaging articles and conducting public programs discussing native plant communities, sustainable agriculture, mushroom cultivation and wild foraging for edible and medicinal plants and fungi. Tom currently works as a commercial craft brewer for Barn Hammer Brewing Company in Winnipeg in order to support him with these endeavors and other community building projects.