Grow Your Own Shitake Mushrooms

Hands-on Log Inoculation Workshop

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A shitake close-up.

A fresh crop of shitake mushrooms on inoculated logs in the woods.

Fresh shitakes sauteed with butter, garlic and a little white wine - what could be better? 

Join us at the Milkweed Mercantile at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage for a Saturday afternoon of mushroom log inoculation* and enjoy the (literal) fruits of your labor for years to come!


Shitake mushrooms, which are delicious AND nutritious, are easily grown. By inoculating logs with mushroom spawn, each log becomes a mini mushroom farm. With proper care, the logs will last on average 4-5 years.

During the workshop each participant will drill holes in 6-8 logs each, fill the holes with shitake mushroom spawn, cover the spawn with beeswax, and then celebrate a job well done with a mushroom-filled lunch. After lunch you and your logs will return home, where you’ll set them up for optimal mushroom growing. In 6-9 months you will be harvesting your own mushrooms!


All of the prep work - the process of harvesting the right kind of logs (species of tree and size of log) prepping the logs, and procuring mushroom spawn, is being done by Mercantile staffers before you arrive. Most tools are provided, along with directions for ongoing care of your logs. Appropriate for those who are 15 or older. 


Included in the workshop:

  • All materials - logs, mushroom spawn, use of drills and other tools

  • Knowledgeable and patient instruction

  • Take-home directions on where to place your logs and how to care for them for best mushroom production

  • Our favorite mushroom recipes

  • Lunch


NOTE: Please bring hearing protection and eye protection. You will not be allowed to use any power tools without them.

Class is FULL! Please sign up for our mailing list to be informed about our next Mushroom Log Workshop!

Cancellation Policy: Workshop fee and accommodations charge are both due at time of reservation.

Full refund (less $25 accounting fee) returned with a full 7 days notice.

Less than 7 days notice for a cancellation will result in loss of deposit.

ACCOMMODATIONS (not included in cost of workshop)

Why rush home after the workshop? Consider staying a night at the Milkweed Mercantile, and give yourself the opportunity to relax! Curious about what a stay would be like? Check out our reviews on Tripadvisor.

The Milkweed Mercantile has three rooms available here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. A discounted cost (for workshop participants) is $80 per night per room (double occupancy), a $20 discount from our regular rate. A full breakfast is included. Details will be provided after registration.