This course is now fully booked
Join mushroom expert Ann Miller for an intensive two day course to learn all aspects of small scale edible mushroom cultivation. Learn from Anne’s wealth of knowledge gained from her 20 years of working with edible and medicinal fungi and take home your own inoculated mushroom log to kick start your own home project.
Date: 6th and 7th of October (arriving on the evening of the 5th if staying onsite, leaving on the afternoon of the 7th )
Location: Tap o’ Noth Farm, Scurdargue Cottage, Rhynie, Aberdeenshire
Who is this course for?
Anyone who has an interest in mushroom cultivation, biology and ecology. No prior experience is needed.
What will you learn?
- The biology and ecology of fungi
- Lab techniques to learn the science behind growth and cultivation
- Various spawn types
- Site identification and garden integration
- Indoor and outdoor production methods
- Permaculture design principles and site tour of Tap o’ Noth Farm
- Substrate choices – log and straw production
- Tools for home scale projects
- Log inoculation
- Which fungi to work with and grow – Shiitake, Oyster, Morel, Lions Mane, Reishi
Ann Miller is a research scientist and Mycologist and has been working on growing mushrooms in domestic and small scale sustainable industrial situations for over 20 years.
She first worked with the Highland Shiitake growers in 1998 then began supporting Keveral Farm Gourmet Mushrooms in Cornwall, The Findhorn foundation, Moffat Can, Aurora Sustainability and several other growers. Ann have been fortunate to visit farms throughout the UK, Europe, the USA and 4 years ago was invited to China. She has two RHS Chelsea gold medals with the British Mycological Society (BMS) and is on the BMS outreach committee. Ann manages Ann Miller’s Speciality mushrooms established in 1997 and supplies support, spawn for keen gardeners, seed suppliers and commercial growers including Suttons Consumer Products Ltd. Chase Organic and Grow Wild at Kew Gardens.
Tap o’ Noth Farm is an eight acre ecologically designed smallholding and commercial market garden on the side of Tap o’ Noth hill in rural Aberdeenshire. Both a Permaculture LAND Centre and accredited Permaculture Research Institute, the farm makes an excellent base for learning forms of sustainable agriculture and ecological design methods. Tap o’ Noth Farm is home to James and Rosa who will be your host during the course.
Camping on the farm is included in the course price but there are three other options to choose from – bell tent (sleeps three/blow up mattresses), caravan (sleeps 2/3) and dorm room (sleeps 4). These can be booked at an extra cost on a first come, first served basis (see below). Please bring sleeping bags for all accommodation choices, pillows are provided.
Fees include all tuition, accommodation (camping) and all meals (vegetarian)/teas and coffee.
Extra Accommodation costs:
Bell Tent + course: £130
Caravan + course: £140
Dorm bed + course: £160
What to bring:
wet weather clothing
suitable footwear – wellies, boots.
Hot water bottle
No prior reading is needed for this course but the below books are recommended.
Mycelium Running – Paul Stamets
Mushrooms – Roger Phillips
Farming the Woods – Ken Mudge & Steve Gabriel