As one of the few mushroom farmers in New England, Farmer Elizabeth partners with agricultural and community organizations to offer educational programs that are designed for foodies, gardeners, homesteaders, and curious families who wish to learn more about this fascinating food and the important role it plays in our diet, our environment and the economy. Fungi offer us a chance to grow in so many ways! We hope you will consider joining Fat Moon Farm for a grow your own organic mushroom experience (it only takes a week), an eye opening forest walk, or a thought provoking talk. Whatever type of exploration suits your style, Farmer Elizabeth will provide a course of discovery that extends your knowledge of this little known life form and vital, delicious source of nutrition.
grow your own Mushrooms!
The Grow Your Own Mushrooms class allows you to grow your very own crop of mushrooms at home with the expert support from Farmer Elizabeth through three live, interactive hour long Zoom experiences over the course of the week-long growing period. In the first session, Elizabeth will help you set up your grow block for success, explaining the life cycle of mushrooms, mushroom anatomy, and what to expect from your block. The second session allows lots of time for show and tell in addition to covering how and when to harvest, nutrition, how to cook your crop, and how to store and preserve it. The final class will review these topics and cover information on supplements, end of life care for your block and art and science experiments with mushrooms. Three sessions offers plentiful time to delve deeply into the interests of the students as well, be they industry specific, or more about mushrooms in general. This is a terrific community class that brings people together to learn and celebrate the role of the mushrooms in our diet and environment.
Each class includes 8 ounces of fresh organic mushrooms to enjoy right away, three hour long live Zoom classes offered over the course of the week long harvest period, and your choice of grow blocks: One 10 pound organic Shiitake Mushroom Grow Block (which should produce at least 2 pounds of mushrooms) for a total of $75 per class seat, or add a second 10 pound organic Blue Oyster Mushroom grow block, also expected to produce at least 2 pounds of mushrooms, for another $25, or a total of $100 per class seat. Choose your dates carefully, as the classes are live and you will need to pick up your grow kits ahead of time at the specified time and place. When you register, please provide an email you check frequently, as class links and resources will be sent to the email you provide, and of course, don't forget to check your spam filters. Confirmation of your purchase will happen at the time of registration and reminders, links and resources will be sent out a day or two before pick up is required and each class session begins.
Hike in an old-growth forest while looking for mushrooms with fellow mycophiles. The focus will be on spotting mushrooms and identifying the parts of a mushroom that contribute to positive identification. Bring any guide books you may own. We will not be foraging/collecting mushrooms to eat.
Dress appropriately for a 2 hour hike in the New England woods. This includes appropriate footwear, bug spray, and water. The path is muddy and the trails are along wetlands with a lot of mosquitos. Total distance will be 2 - 3 miles with some hills. Hike is subject to weather conditions. All proceeds will be donated to Friends of East Boston Camps, caretakers of beautiful open space in Westford.
We may be joined by Mike Baird, a local bird enthusiast who hikes with his ears attuned to the bird songs. He will help us identify the birds along our walk.
In this 90-minute class, live or via Zoom, we cover everything from the lifecycle of mushrooms to the latest research on nutrition and the environmental benefits of mushrooms. Mycophiles will leave the class with a deeper appreciation of culinary mushrooms and curious about the myriad of health and environmental benefits that were known by our ancestors and are being rediscovered by modern researchers.