Eric Hanson wrote:RedHawk,
Will the same fungi that we are using here work for a manure pile in an arid area? If so, then I totally see a lot of potential.
For the OP the best fungi can be grown in spent coffee grounds or tea leaves. Either works best if the growing medium is steamed for 20 minutes then cooled in a closed container (heavy plastic substitutes) this sterlizes the medium. Fruits can be split or even fine chopped to gather spores from the air.