Upon attending this course you will gain hands-on experience and a wide variety of expert knowledge on seasonal mushroom cultivation.
The main instructor for the mentorship is Brian Callow, the president and founder of What The Fungus. Over the past 6 years, Brian has focused most of his research on seasonal mushroom cultivation. WTF's approach was initially discovered through a collaboration of mushroom experts on sustainable low cost and innovative farming practices. In 2014, a partnership was made with Thor Clausen from Bartlett Tree Experts, which led to the expansion of What The Fungus, where Brian has developed a successful, thriving, and innovative mushroom start-up company that now resides in Summerland, BC, Canada. Here are a few of the things you can look forward to learning during the mentorship:
How to setup a basic commercial scale laboratory for mushroom growing. Each student will be taught proper sterile techniques when working with agar, cultures, spawn and wood-based substrates.
Outdoor Seasonal Mushroom Growing is an art and a science. You will become competent in proper strain selection based on temperature thresholds for a variety of mushroom species. We will show you how to plan a typical year in your area and grow better than the competition.
Master planning and implementing a production schedule with the appropriate mushroom strains from petri dish to harvest. You will also work with a variety of hardwood substrates and see the importance of nutritional supplementation within the substrate.
Acquire a knowledge of how to understand your market and develop strategies for success. Learn how to approach and sell to chefs as well as the public.
Discover the importance of properly setup systems and workflow throughout your farm.
This week-long mentoring workshop is run from the end of February to mid-October but space is limited. (full list of available dates below)
We offer two options for those attending the course. Both include:
4 cultures of commercial, edible mushroom strains that we use on the farm.
"How to Start and Succeed Growing Mushrooms", written by Brian Callow - Founder / Co-Owner of What The Fungus.
On-site accommodation (our farm is a 30min walk into downtown Summerland).
The two options are:
$2,000.00 - Travel trailer: Comes with your own kitchen, shower, bedroom, living room, WIFI, etc.
$1,500.00 - Camping: You must bring your own camping gear, such as a tent, cook ware, sleeping bag, etc. (shower and bathroom on site)
We are so excited and thrilled to continue offering The Mentorship next year. We are currently accepting students for 2019.
Cancellation Policy: We do not refund tuition. In the event you need to cancel, within 30 days of arrival, you will be credited and allowed to re-book another week.