Edible shitake mushrooms growing in the shade on an oak log. After inoculation with spawn, a log can produce edible mushrooms for several years.
A “Grow Your Own Mushrooms” workshop will take place Saturday, April 14, near Marshall.
It will start at 1 p.m. in the historic Marshall Schoolhouse 18 Demonstration Gardens at 7592 John Marshall Highway (Route 55), east of the village. Virginia Cooperative Extension and local Master Gardeners will sponsor the workshop as part of their ongoing community education program.
Donn Smith, a longtime local mushroom enthusiast, will take participants through all the steps to inoculate their own logs with edible shitake mushroom spawn. From the hands-on workshop, each participant will take home a log to grow and harvest mushrooms.
The seminar is $25 per person. Participation is limited, with registration and pre-payment required.
To register, mailing or drop off a check payable to FCMGA (Fauquier County Master Gardeners Association). Please, include your name, address, phone number and email to: Sharon Broyles, Virginia Cooperative Extension, 24 Pelham St., Warrenton, Va. 20186. The registration deadline is Monday, April 2.
The program will last 60 minutes, followed by a short question-and-answer period. Organizers suggest participants come dressed for the weather as the workshop will take place outside, rain or shine. Some seats will be provided, but attendees may bring lawn chairs.