Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation

Author: Tradd Cotter

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603584560

Category: Gardening

Page: 400

View: 1786

What would it take to grow mushrooms in space? How can mushroom cultivation help us manage, or at least make use of, invasive species such as kudzu and water hyacinth and thereby reduce dependence on herbicides? Is it possible to develop a low-cost and easy-to-implement mushroom-growing kit that would provide high-quality edible protein and bioremediation in the wake of a natural disaster? How can we advance our understanding of morel cultivation so that growers stand a better chance of success? For more than twenty years, mycology expert Tradd Cotter has been pondering these questions and conducting trials in search of the answers. In Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, Cotter not only offers readers an in-depth exploration of best organic mushroom cultivation practices; he shares the results of his groundbreaking research and offers myriad ways to apply your cultivation skills and further incorporate mushrooms into your life—whether your goal is to help your community clean up industrial pollution or simply to settle down at the end of the day with a cold Reishi-infused homebrew ale. The book first guides readers through an in-depth exploration of indoor and outdoor cultivation. Covered skills range from integrating wood-chip beds spawned with king stropharia into your garden and building a “trenched raft” of hardwood logs plugged with shiitake spawn to producing oysters indoors on spent coffee grounds in a 4×4 space or on pasteurized sawdust in vertical plastic columns. For those who aspire to the self-sufficiency gained by generating and expanding spawn rather than purchasing it, Cotter offers in-depth coverage of lab techniques, including low-cost alternatives that make use of existing infrastructure and materials. Cotter also reports his groundbreaking research cultivating morels both indoors and out, “training” mycelium to respond to specific contaminants, and perpetuating spawn on cardboard without the use of electricity. Readers will discover information on making tinctures, powders, and mushroom-infused honey; making an antibacterial mushroom cutting board; and growing mushrooms on your old denim jeans. Geared toward readers who want to grow mushrooms without the use of pesticides, Cotter takes “organic” one step further by introducing an entirely new way of thinking—one that looks at the potential to grow mushrooms on just about anything, just about anywhere, and by anyone.

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation

Author: Tradd Cotter

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603584552

Category: GARDENING

Page: 382

View: 8668

Provides a guide to successful mushroom cultivation practices, examining ways to utilize mushrooms other than for food, including cleaning up industrial pollution and creating antibacterials.

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

Author: Paul Stamets

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607741385

Category: Gardening

Page: 614

View: 8778

After years of living in awe of the mysterious fungi known as mushrooms-chefs, health enthusiasts, and home cooks alike can't get enough of these rich, delicate morsels. With updated production techniques for home and commercial cultivation, detailed growth parameters for 31 mushroom species, a trouble-shooting guide, and handy gardening tips, this revised and updated handbook will make your mycological landscapes the envy of the neighborhood. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms

Simple and Advanced Techniques for Growing Shiitake, Oyster, Lion's Mane, and Maitake Mushrooms at Home

Author: Stephen Russell

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612124631

Category: Gardening

Page: 232

View: 4615

From the basics of using mushroom kits to working with grain spawn, liquid cultures, and fruiting chambers, Stephen Russell covers everything you need to know to produce mouthwatering shiitakes, oysters, lion’s manes, maitakes, and portobellos. Whether you’re interested in growing them for your own kitchen or to sell at a local market, you’ll soon be harvesting a delicious and abundant crop of mushrooms.

Shiitake Growers Handbook

The Art and Science of Mushroom Cultivation

Author: Paul Przybylowicz,John Donoghue

Publisher: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 217

View: 6510

Commercial Mushroom Growing

Author: M. H. Pinkerton

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1447489217

Category: Gardening

Page: 242

View: 9496

This illustrated guide to commercial mushroom growing is informative to anyone thinking of growing mushrooms on a commercial scale. It contains all of the scientific knowledge and information needed for the person that makes mushroom growing their livelihood.

Mushroom Cultivation

An Illustrated Guide to Growing Your Own Mushrooms at Home

Author: Tavis Lynch

Publisher: Quarry Books

ISBN: 1631596381

Category: Nature

Page: 144

View: 441

Mushrooms are popping up everywhere! On restaurant menus, in grocery aisles, at local farmer’s markets, and not just the ubiquitous white buttons we’ve seen for years. What once were exotic are now almost commonplace -- shiitake, chanterelle, cremini, enoki, the list grows longer every year. Understanding how mushrooms grow is crucial to successfully cultivating them, and Mushroom Cultivation offers comprehensive instruction both on how mushrooms grow and how you can cultivate them yourself to enrich your soil, speed up your composting, and even to suppress weeds. Some cultivate mushrooms for medicinal use or make them into teas and tinctures. After reading Mushroom Cultivation, you'll discover that growing a mushroom is really no more difficult than growing a tomato. You just need a slightly different set of skills.

Farming the Woods

An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests

Author: Ken Mudge,Steve Gabriel

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603585079

Category: Gardening

Page: 359

View: 5964

Learn how to fill forests with food by viewing agriculture from a remarkably different perspective: that a healthy forest can be maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicinal, and other nontimber products. The practices of forestry and farming are often seen as mutually exclusive, because in the modern world, agriculture involves open fields, straight rows, and machinery to grow crops, while forests are reserved primarily for timber and firewood harvesting. In Farming the Woods, authors Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel demonstrate that it doesn’t have to be an either-or scenario, but a complementary one; forest farms can be most productive in places where the plow is not: on steep slopes and in shallow soils. Forest farming is an invaluable practice to integrate into any farm or homestead, especially as the need for unique value-added products and supplemental income becomes increasingly important for farmers. Many of the daily indulgences we take for granted, such as coffee, chocolate, and many tropical fruits, all originate in forest ecosystems. But few know that such abundance is also available in the cool temperate forests of North America. Farming the Woods covers in detail how to cultivate, harvest, and market high-value nontimber forest crops such as American ginseng, shiitake mushrooms, ramps (wild leeks), maple syrup, fruit and nut trees, ornamentals, and more. Along with profiles of forest farmers from around the country, readers are also provided comprehensive information on: • historical perspectives of forest farming; • mimicking the forest in a changing climate; • cultivation of medicinal crops; • cultivation of food crops; • creating a forest nursery; • harvesting and utilizing wood products; • the role of animals in the forest farm; and, • how to design your forest farm and manage it once it’s established. Farming the Woods is an essential book for farmers and gardeners who have access to an established woodland, are looking for productive ways to manage it, and are interested in incorporating aspects of agroforestry, permaculture, forest gardening, and sustainable woodlot management into the concept of a whole-farm organism.

Mycelium Running

How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

Author: Paul Stamets

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607741245

Category: Nature

Page: 356

View: 7096

Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how. The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called “mycelium”--the fruit of which are mushrooms--recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium’s digestive power and target it to decompose toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening). In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find chapters detailing each of these four exciting branches of what Stamets has coined “mycorestoration,” as well as chapters on the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, inoculation methods, log and stump culture, and species selection for various environmental purposes. Heavily referenced and beautifully illustrated, this book is destined to be a classic reference for bemushroomed generations to come. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds

322 Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Fruits, Trees, and Shrubs

Author: Robert Edward Gough,Cheryl Moore-Gough

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603425748

Category: Gardening

Page: 311

View: 4944

A full-color resource explains how to gather, clean and store seeds for 300 different kinds of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, trees and shrubs, as well as how to propagate and care for new seedlings. Original.

Radical Mycology

A Treatise on Seeing and Working with Fungi

Author: Peter McCoy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780986399602

Category:

Page: 670

View: 4522

Interwoven with short essays on the lessons of the fungi, Radial Mycology begins with chapters that explore the uniqueness of fungal biology, the critical ecological roles of micro and macro fungi, how to accurately identify mushrooms and mycorrhizal fungi, the importance of lichens as medicines and indicators of environmental quality, and the profound influences that fungi have held on the evolution of all life and human cultures. With this foundation laid, the reader is then equipped to work with the fungi directly. Techniques for making potent fungal medicines, growing fermenting fungi for food, and cheaply cultivating mushrooms using recycled tools (and yet still achieving lab-quality results) are explored in-depth. Subsequent chapters grow far beyond the limits of other books on mushrooms. Detailed information on the principles and practices of natural mushroom farming--largely influenced by the design system of permaculture--is presented along with extensive information on cultivating mycorrhizal fungi and the science of mycoremediation, the application of fungi to mitigate pollution in the environment and in our homes. The book ends with deeper insights into the social effects that fungi present from the reflection of mycelial networks in the design of whole societies to a rigorous examination of the history of psychoactive fungi. Written for the beginner as well as the experienced mycologist, Radical Mycology is an invaluable reference book for anyone interested in Do-It-Yourself (or Do-It-Together) homesteading, community organizing, food security, natural medicine, grassroots bioremediation, and the evolution of human-fungal-ecological relations. More than a book on mushrooms, Radical Mycology is a call to ally with the fungi in all efforts to spawn a healthier world. Heavily referenced and vibrantly illustrated by the author, this unprecedented book will undoubtedly remain a classic for generations to come.

Mycelial Mayhem

Growing Mushrooms for Fun, Profit and Companion Planting

Author: David Sewak,Kristin Sewak

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550926217

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

View: 9006

Most supermarket mushrooms are bland and boring; products of an industrial process which typically relies on expensive equipment and harmful pesticides. Many people would like to add more flavorful and diverse fungi to their diets, but lack the knowledge or confidence to gather or grow their own. Do-it-yourself cultivation is a fun, exciting way to incorporate a variety of mushrooms into a sustainable lifestyle. Mycelial Mayhem is a straightforward, no-nonsense resource for the aspiring mushroom grower. This practical guide cuts through much of the confusion surrounding methods and techniques, helping the hobbyist or farmer to: Select regionally appropriate species for the home garden, farm-scale production, or an edible landscape Practice sustainable, environmentally friendly cultivation techniques, such as companion planting, to combat common garden pests and diseases Choose a successful, proven business approach to maximize profit and minimize frustration Many people find that DIY mushroom cultivation is not nearly as complicated as they expect, but a knowledgeable and experienced mentor is crucial to success. Whether your goal is to harvest homegrown gourmet mushrooms for your table, supplement your income by selling to friends and neighbors, or start a full-fledged niche business, Mycelial Mayhem is packed with the advice and resources you need to succeed with this rewarding and valuable crop. David Sewak and Kristin Sewak are avid growers of edible mushrooms, heirloom vegetables, native landscape plants and sustainable landscape design. They speak on mushroom gathering and indoor and outdoor cultivation techniques at regional and national green living events.

The Mushroom Book for Beginners

A Mycology Starter Or How to Be a Backyard Mushroom Farmer and Grow the Best Edible Mushrooms at Home

Author: Frank Randall

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781480086258

Category: Nature

Page: 58

View: 9237

This book teaches you the basics of growing mushrooms at home. You'll take a step back in time and learn about the history of mushrooms as food and why it took centuries for home mushroom growing to really catch on. You find the best types of mushrooms for beginners to grow. If you aren't sure what tools you'll need, don't worry; this book has that covered too. You will learn how to make sure that your mushrooms grow quickly and pest free, and the best ways to harvest, preserve, and store your crop. Whether you like shiitakes, portobello, or oyster mushrooms, stop buying them in stores. You'll learn how to grow your own and keep your family well supplied.

The Fungal Pharmacy

The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America

Author: Robert Rogers

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583945954

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 608

View: 2183

In The Fungal Pharmacy, noted herbalist Robert Rogers introduces readers to more than 300 species of medicinal mushrooms and lichens found in North America. These fungi, Rogers explains, have the capacity to heal both the body and, through the process of myco-remediation, the planet itself. Throughout the book, he documents their success in optimizing the immune system and treating a wide range of acute and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and liver problems, blood sugar disorders, cancer, and obesity. Entries discuss the mushroom or lichen’s medicinal traits and properties, including active chemical components, preparation methods (including extracts, essences, and essential oils), and historical as well as modern-day usage. Two hundred full-color photos and thorough descriptions make identification easy for the reader. Rogers also delves into the cultural, religious, and literary significance of each mushroom, featuring fascinating tidbits about each one’s etymology and history.

The Manual of Seed Saving

Harvesting, Storing, and Sowing Techniques for Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits

Author: Andrea Heistinger

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604693827

Category: Gardening

Page: 343

View: 7706

Features information on how to maximize seed quality and yield for more than one hundred crop plants, including carrots, spinach, and tomatoes.

Introduction to Mushrooms - Grow Mushrooms for Pleasure and Profit

Author: Dueep Jyot Singh,John Davidson

Publisher: Mendon Cottage Books

ISBN: 1310643571

Category: Gardening

Page: 73

View: 4945

Table of Contents Introduction to Mushrooms Introduction So What Is a Mushroom? Mushroom Fungophobia Fairy Rings Mushroom Hunting Cultivation of Mushrooms How Are Mushrooms Grown Making a Mushroom Bed Best Mushroom Compost Compost Fermentation Pasteurization Mushrooms in Shelves or Trays Spawning Watering of Mushrooms Ventilating Casing Harvesting Mushrooms in Cuisine Mushrooms in Medicine Conclusion Mushroom Identification Mushroom Guide Is a Mushroom Edible Getting to Know More about Morels Learning about Truffles Starting up a Mushroom Business Author Bio Publisher Introduction Just look at the illustration of any fairy story with a number of fairies, elves, gnomes, and other imaginary creations of the writer’s imagination. You are going to see them sitting on toadstools and mushrooms. The Amanita muscaria is one of the easiest recognizable of all these illustrations, because you see it ever so often in illustrations, associated with gnomes. In ordinary terms, this is called a toadstool.

Home-grown Mushrooms from Scratch

A Practical Guide to Growing Edible Mushrooms Outside and Indoors

Author: Magdalena Wurth,Herbert Wurth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993389290

Category: Mushroom culture

Page: 144

View: 4188

Grow-your-own food fans will be delighted to hear that it's possible to have tasty, homegrown mushrooms to eat every month of the year. This easy-to-follow, practical book explains how to grow them in the garden, balcony, kitchen or cellar. Mushrooms are an organic, sustainable and delicious form of plant nutrition and fungi experts Magdalena Wurth and Herbert Wurth take you through every step of the cultivation process. Learn how to grow 19 different mushroom helped along by clear tables, drawings and photographs. Whether you start mushroom growing outdoors on tree stumps and straw bales or indoors using compost or a kit, these tried-and-tested methods make this the ultimate book on small-scale mushroom growing.

Mycorrhizal Planet

How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility

Author: Michael Phillips

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 160358658X

Category: Mycorrhizal fungi

Page: 256

View: 4300

Regenerative practices for the farm, garden, orchard, forest, and landscape Mycorrhizal fungi have been waiting a long time for people to recognize just how important they are to the making of dynamic soils. These microscopic organisms partner with the root systems of approximately 95 percent of the plants on Earth, and they sequester carbon in much more meaningful ways than human "carbon offsets" will ever achieve. Pick up a handful of old-growth forest soil and you are holding 26 miles of threadlike fungal mycelia, if it could be stretched it out in a straight line. Most of these soil fungi are mycorrhizal, supporting plant health in elegant and sophisticated ways. The boost to green immune function in plants and community-wide networking turns out to be the true basis of ecosystem resiliency. A profound intelligence exists in the underground nutrient exchange between fungi and plant roots, which in turn determines the nutrient density of the foods we grow and eat. Exploring the science of symbiotic fungi in layman's terms, holistic farmer Michael Phillips (author of The Holistic Orchard and The Apple Grower) sets the stage for practical applications across the landscape. The real impetus behind no-till farming, gardening with mulches, cover cropping, digging with broadforks, shallow cultivation, forest-edge orcharding, and everything related to permaculture is to help the plants and fungi to prosper . . . which means we prosper as well. Building soil structure and fertility that lasts for ages results only once we comprehend the nondisturbance principle. As the author says, "What a grower understands, a grower will do." Mycorrhizal Planet abounds with insights into "fungal consciousness" and offers practical, regenerative techniques that are pertinent to gardeners, landscapers, orchardists, foresters, and farmers. Michael's fungal acumen will resonate with everyone who is fascinated with the unseen workings of nature and concerned about maintaining and restoring the health of our soils, our climate, and the quality of life on Earth for generations to come.

Earth Repair

A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes

Author: Leila Darwish

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550925296

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 336

View: 4424

Resistance is fertile - bioremediation techniques to heal the earth.

The Mushroom Cultivator

A Practical Guide to Growing Mushrooms at Home

Author: Paul Stamets,Jeff S. Chilton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780961079802

Category: Gardening

Page: 415

View: 8353

... The best source of information on growing mushrooms at home (back cover.).