2020 Mushroom Workshop

The mushroom workshop is back at Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary 1pm March 21, 2020. Participants will learn the dos and don’ts of growing oyster and shiitake mushrooms from cottonwood and oak logs.

Everyone will get logs they will inoculate themselves. The Friends will provide the logs, mushroom plugs, and some power tools. Bring a hammer/mallet, and drill with 5/16th inch bit if you have it.

Space is limited and this is a popular workshop. Registration is required; call 217-525-1410 to register or for more information. $25 for members; $30 for non-members. Payment may be sent to FOSV, PO Box 13352, Springfield, IL 62791. Pay via PayPal.

The workshop starts at 1, if you are not present by 1:10, we will give your spot to the first person on the waiting list with your payment used as a donation to our conservation work.

To get to Nipper: From Springfield or Chatham, take E. Loami Rd. west to Lead Line Rd. Turn south (left) on Lead Line to Withers Rd. Turn west (right) on Withers. Go about a 1/2 mile until you see the entrance sign for the Sanctuary; parking lot on site. 9560 Withers Rd., Loami.

How Are Your Mushrooms Doing?

For the last several years, the Friends have held a workshop on growing Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms. Past participants have reported various degrees of success with their logs, but the logs at Friends HQ continue to sprout vast numbers of both types of mushrooms.

Many of Vern’s oyster mushrooms this year have been blue or had a bluish tinge to them. These get a darker grey after being picked and stored. They are fine and perfectly edible. Oysters will grow throughout the winter, as long as temperatures are above freezing.

If you’ve been having a hard time with your mushroom logs, remember, moisture is key. Get them wet. Turn the sprinkler on them if you need to; about 20-30 minutes at a time. Keep them in the shade. Don’t let them dry out. And don’t give up. The effort is well worth it.

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