Confidently Grow Mushrooms at Home
& Learn to Identify Them In the Wild
Save Money - Increase Your Self-Reliance ~ Grow Medicine!
This super fungi training will guide you step-by-step in how to grow an abundance of nutritious and medicinal mushrooms at home. The techniques can be applied regardless of whether you live in an urban apartment or a rural homestead.
We also cover the foundations of learning to identify mushrooms in the wild and the foundations of learning to forage them confidently and sustainably.
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This course is offered in partnership between:
The Benefits of Growing and Foraging
Sustainable & Organic
Self-Reliance & Food Security
Health & Medicinal Benefits
What You Can Expect From the Course
Get Lifetime Access to All the Course Resources
- Dozens of videos showing you step-by-step how to grow indoors and outside
- Troubleshooting videos to address common issues
- Links for where to acquire your growing spawn and other materials
- Worksheets with clear instructions
- The "Virtual Mushroom Walk" ~ Learn about the ID features, habitat and properties of common wild species
- Lessons on Fungi Ecology, their role in nature and how to do spoor prints
- A community to ask questions and share your excitement with
Hi, We Are Chris and Laura Gilmour
We were introduced to mushroom cultivation and wild foraging over 20-years ago while apprenticing in permaculture and sustainable forest management on 7 Ravens Farm.
Today we lives on a twenty-six acre homestead where we grow and forage food for ourselves and our wild foods business, Wild Muskoka. We have been growing and foraging mushrooms on our homestead for the past ten years working with various techniques and species.
Chris is the lead mentor in the growing component of this course, and Laura is the lead mentor in the wild fungi identification lessons.
Welcome & Safety
A course tour and important lessons around safety when growing at home and handling wild mushrooms.
An introduction on how to get set up to grow in your unique situation (ex: urban vs rural). We also teach you how to save money and grow more by expanding your initial mushroom spawn culture.
Growing Oysters on Coffee Grounds
Learn to grow Oyster Mushrooms indoors on leftover coffee grounds. This is a great beginners project to learn the fundamentals.
Growing on Straw Indoors or Outside
This technique is a low-cost way to grow a significant amount of food and medicine in a small space year-round.
Growing Mushrooms on Logs
With minimal annual work, a mushroom log can produce food and medicine for 3 - 8 years. We will walk you through it step-by-step.
The Log Tower Method
This outdoor growing technique requires less work and time than growing on logs. You could even do it on an apartment balcony.
The Virtual Mushroom walk- Intro to foraging
Begin your adventure with a virtual mushroom walk and learn the foundations of identification with our mushroom scavenger hunt.
Grow Wine Caps in Garden Beds
Learn how to grow mushrooms in your existing garden beds to increase production while building your soil health.
Learn about the fascinating role fungi and mycelium networks play in the planet's ecology and other ways we can work with them, from art to healing damaged landscapes.
Not Your Average, Boring Online Course
We strive to create a different kind of online learning experience. One that is entertaining, engaging, and allows you to build authentic relationships with the instructors and other participants.
Post pictures, ask questions and come along with us on Virtual Mushroom Identification Walks.
Frequently Asked Questions
You get lifetime access to all the course materials, community and future updates and upgrades.
We cover several techniques for growing an abundance of mushrooms in small places. The space can be as small as 1 - 2 sq feet indoors or out.
You will be surprised how much you can grow in a small area.
Depending on the technique you choose and your set-up, you could be eating your first crop in under 2-months.
There are many poisonous mushrooms with edible look-a-likes. Therefore, the first step to learning to forage is to be confident in your identification skills.
This course will teach you the foundations of wild mushroom identification. We will discuss which mushrooms may be edible and how to get started in foraging.
But you will need to do additional learning to build up your confidence to forage safely. We will guide you in the next steps in learning to forage.
We ask that you do NOT forage any mushroom that you only learned about in this course without further self-study and the guidance of a qualified mentor with you at the time of harvest.
Yes, many successful mushroom growing businesses use techniques similar to what we teach in this course.
Although commercial-scale growing is not the focus of this course, the foundational growing techniques we teach will be applicable.
You will need to order your mushroom spawn locally or online. Approximate cost $30-$40 CAD.
A basic set-up can be as simple as mason jars and coffee grounds or a couple of fresh-cut poplar rounds.
We will share links and resources on where you can salvage or buy all the needed resources.
For participants wanting to set up a more advanced growing operation for increased production and reliability, you may want to invest an additional $50+.
This will not be required for a more basic project.
Yes, you absolutely can! Kids will love the hands- on aspect of growing and our wild fungi scavenger hunt activity.
We focus on Shiitake & Oysters for growing as they are great species to learn the foundations of with a high likelihood of success. However, you will be able to apply the techniques to growing many other species.
As to wild fungi identification, we cover a bunch. We will be continuing to add to the video collection of our "Virtual Mushroom Walk."
If you or anyone in your household has an allergy, do NOT grow mushrooms indoors.
You may be able to grow outdoors if you have a space that is away from areas the person with the allergy spends time in.
You can also learn about wild mushroom identification, but you will not want to collect specimens and bring them home.
Yes, we will teach you about a some poisons wild mushrooms you should be aware of.