Just thinking about a sustainablemushroom growing model that works. I have some ideas but wondering about any ideas that you might have. With other words you grow the mushrooms on some plant waste: what kind of plant wastes would you use and what would you do with the spent substrate? how would you integrate this at your farm?
I am working on incorporating several different species into my homestead.
Garden giant: this has already been set loose. It grows on grows in compost, wood chips, cardboard, kind of pops up wherever. I got a kit for indoor growing and then when spring came I set it free. It is supposed to be compatible with garden crops, so I hope to spread it throughout my planting area. It's very distinct.
Shitake and lion's mane: It likes fresh hardwood. I have a tree row and below that I'm working on copice trees. This is for wood burning, but will also be a source of shitake and lion's mane logs.
Morels: These are supposed to grow native here in woodlands, so I would like to give it a try. Supposedly you just need to scatter a slurry of innoculant and hope for the best. Another distinct looking mushroom easy to spot.
Oyster mushrooms: These are incredibly easy to grow on almost anything. They are startable from store bought. I even had them in mason jars. My only problem was neglect. My hope for these in the more distant future is a container set-up inside that needs no more care than a house plant and set them to rotate blooms so I am in constant supply. I'll probably feed them paper, wood chips, cardboard, leaves, straw, sticks, etc. I have kids in school. They bring home paper all the time. They will be the only kids in their class that can say: "My mushrooms ate my homework. "
Cool! I appreciate your answers. Indeed paper is great, most mushrooms eat that like crazy :) I'm also thinking of coffee grounds and some other substrates like tea bags and artichoke leaves or nut shells, pretty much household stuff ready to be recycled. Lawn grass would be another one. Yup morel slurry should work, did that this year in may and I'm waiting for spring to come to see if anything pops in there. Very few succeeded to grow this one..