Mushrooms in Containers 101, with Ellen Schindler (PM)

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Kelmarna Community Gardens

12 Hukanui Crescent

Ponsonby

Auckland, Auckland 1021

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This workshop will give you the materials and know-how to start growing NZ native oyster mushrooms in repurposed closed containers at home!

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Update: This session has been postponed to Sunday 11 April 2021 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm due to the COVID-19 Alert Level 3 restriction period.

This workshop is perfect for anyone keen to learn about and try their hand at growing mushrooms in a controlled environment at home. Growing healthy food is usually associated with a garden plot, but this isn’t always a reality for everyone. What if we said you could grow top value, natural food from dried grass clippings, straw, or shredded old food grade cardboard boxes?

This three-hour session includes the materials and instruction to guide you step-by-step through the process of setting up a container with NZ native oyster mushroom spawn and allows you to walk away with the skills and confidence to create and harvest from more containers at home on your own!

Join us at Kelmarna Gardens for a crash course in growing NZ native oyster mushrooms with Ellen Schindler. The first half of this skills-focused, hands-on workshop will be learning about mushroom cultivation, which mushrooms you can grow, what materials are best to use, and what to look out for along the way. Then you will get to work through each step of the process -- from preparing the container, the substrate material, inoculation, and how to care for your container after you take it home at the end of the session!

Tickets include: growing materials (pasteurised substrate & NZ native spawn)

What to bring:

- a clean 2-litre plastic ice cream container with lid

- a refillable water bottle

- weather appropriate gear

- a notebook and pen for taking notes (if you like)

- a lunch or snack (if you like)

If at all possible, participants are also asked and encouraged to please bring:

- power drill (corded, or cordless + spare battery pack)

- drill bits, size 6 and/or 7

- scissors and/or box cutter knife

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Ellen Schindler is a passionate gardener and community organiser. Since 2006 she has nurtured her home garden in Sandringham into a productive food system with about 55 fruit trees of all types and sizes, beehives, chooks, and vegetable patches. She is also a committed volunteer who has been instrumental in establishing the Homestead and the Dignan Street Community gardens in Pt Chevalier and has been involved in planting and maintaining fruit trees in parks and grass berms across Sandringham.

Over the past few years, Ellen has indulged her interest in cultivating mushrooms on logs as well as in containers, experimenting in creating opportunities for valuable food production in the otherwise darker, more overlooked spaces in her garden.

Ellen believes that healthy food should be accessible to everyone, and teaching hands-on DIY workshops is one of her favourite ways to achieve this goal! In this workshop, Ellen is looking forward to sharing with you her homegrown mushroom experience and encouraging you to explore the process for yourself -- hopefully to find that it’s good fun and a lot easier than it looks!

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At Kelmarna, we strive to make education accessible for everyone. So, where possible, we offer a 40% discount on our workshops to valid Community Services Card holders. If you book one of these tickets, please email us a copy of your valid Community Services Card, and remember to bring it along to the workshop. Please note that this option does NOT include Super Gold Card holders. Ngā mihi.

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