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Growing fungi in worm bins?

 
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In Haiti, there's a popular mushroom, believed to be Psathyrella Coprinoceps, which grows in certain more forested areas of the country. It's dried and boiled with rice to give a good flavor (and the mushrooms are thrown out before eating, though I'm not sure why). It's apparently on the decline as suitable natural envoronments are becoming more scarce. But they can. Still be easily bought in dried form at most markets.

I'm wondering how I would go about trying to propagate these in my worm bin? I plan to increase the number of bins I have, and it seems like a great partnership and a potential source of additional income (and of yummy edible fungi). Could I rehydrate and make a slurry? What should I mix it with? Any natural accelerators I can use? Should I try them in an active bin or in finished worm castings that have been harvested? Should I add any additional material? Cover them? What different ways would you suggest I try this? I have no idea what I'm doing.

We always foraged for mushrooms and I grew them accidentally in my garden in Wisconsin, but this is totally different. This would have to be an artificial environment, because the location is hot and dry with little mature tree cover and virtually no forest floor.

I also have access to sawdust and wood shavings from a friend who makes furniture and such. Is that a good environment?

Thanks in advance!
 
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