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We are hosting a 'Beginners guide to mushoom cultivation' workshops at The Valley Project in North East Valley, Dunedin this autum! 


Hosted by MycoLogic's founder and head technician Bart Acres, this interactive and hands-on workshop will give you all of the foundational knowledge you need to begin successfully growing consistent crops of gourmet mushrooms at home. 


Bart has been running mushroom cultivation workshops for many years and continually refined and developed the format to give a great learning experience for people who want to learn about mushrooms and how to grow them. 


WHY: Learning how to grow your own mushrooms at home is a great way to

  • Eat the freshest and most delicious mushrooms around. Grown right on your own property and picked at the perfect moment
  • Save money. Growing your own gourmet mushrooms works out much cheaper than buying them from the shops, and you can grow varieties that are rarely or never found for sale. 
  • Diversify your diet. Mushrooms are a great source of home grown protein along with other nutrients and beneficial compounds (many of which are proven to have medicinal and health benefits). 
  • Grow in the off season. Mushrooms will often fruit at times of year when there is not much else growing in the garden. It's always nice to cook something home grown.
  • Learn a new skill. The biology and life cycle of mushrooms is fascinating, and learning to cultivate them is a rewarding process.


WHERE: The Valley Project Community Rooms
                   262 North Road, Dunedin 
                   (on the grounds of NEV Normal School) 



  • Sunday 7th April 12 noon till 4pm 


WHAT: This workshop is guided by Bart Acres, former director of Shadow Gourmet Mushroom Company and founder of MycoLogic who has two decades of mushroom cultivation experience both at the hobby and commercial scale. 


The workshop will consist of a theory session, whereby you will get to learn all about the life cycle of mushrooms, how they grow, and how to cultivate them. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. 


We will have an afternoon tea break with snacks and coffee/tea provided. Bart is known to on occasion even cook up a few mushrooms!


This will be followed by a hands-on demonstration of making both straw bags (quick yield of mushrooms within a month of making the bag / bucket) as well as how to inoculate wood logs with mushroom cultures (takes longer for them to fruit but they will then fruit for several years after that). We will also cover how to create outdoor woodchip beds of selected species in your garden. 


The workshop covers a wide range of species that can be cultivated at home including oyster mushrooms as well as a selection of other native edible and medicinal fungi. 


A light afternoon tea will be provided (Tea, coffee, fresh sourdough bread, spreads, cheese, sauerkraut, MUSHROOMS!). 



  • An oyster mushroom grow bag / bucket inoculated with mushroom culture ($45 value)
  • A wood log inoculated with oyster or shiitake mushroom culture ($40 value)
  • A copy of our Beginners guide to growing gourmet mushrooms at home book ($30 value)
  • All the skills and info you need to continue growing your own mushrooms at home for years to come!



For the straw bags part of the course, we will be using poly tube bags to stuff the straw into. Unfortunately this is a single use plastic. If you would prefer to go with a zero waste option, please bring your own clean (or new) food grade 10 to 20 litre plastic pail (with lid) which we can modify during the course into a re-usable mushroom growing container which can be used time and time again using the skills you have learned at the workshop. 


We ask that if you have cold or flu like symptoms or are feeling unwell that you do not attend the workshop as a covid-19 precaution. If this is the case please notify us as soon as possible via email

If you have any further questions about this workshop please contact us


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Spaces are limited for these workshops and book out fast. Spaces will automatically become unavailable on the ordering system when each workshop is full. If you miss out on a spot and want to be on the wait list for next workshops (Autumn 2024) email us and we will add you to the list. There may be a second April 2024 workshop organised (later in the month) if there is demand for it. 


Mushroom Cultivation Workshop - Dunedin

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  • Workshop bookings cancelled prior to 1st April are entitled to a refund of the full workshop cost minus $10 cancellation fee (or zero cancellation fee if we are able to pass your booking on to someone on the wait list). 

    Workshop bookings cancelled on or after the above dates can not be refunded except by negotiation, however name changes of bookings are accepted with zero fee up until the time of the workshop (so, you can gift your spot to someone or sell at cost, or we may be able to forward your spot to someone on the wait list). If you are not able to attend then please let us know as soon as possible via email at

    If you are unable to come to the workshop due to having covid-19 or feeling unwell / symtomatic please let us know as soon as possible.

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