Intro to Mushroom Culture


One Credit

December 26 – January 20


WillieCInstructor:  Willie Crosby



Phone: 978-844-1811

Introduction:  This class will introduce the kingdom of fungi and explore how we can integrate fungi into our lives. Students will learn skills to find, identify, and cultivate mushrooms. The class will explore different methods of cultivation with varying levels of experience and equipment needed. We will discuss cultivating mushrooms on a homestead level outdoors and work our way to methods of cultivation for a small commercial operation.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course students will:

  1. …have the resources and skills to find and identify at least 5 mushrooms in the wild.
  2. …be familiar with at least 3 different mushroom species, their cultivation methods, and potential medicinal benefits.
  3. … have explored the benefits and challenges of allying with the fungal kingdom to improve the individual and our planet.


  1. Attendance and in-class participation 50% – Students are expected to log in to class on a regular basis and participate in group work and discussions.
  2. Readings and homework 30% – There will be readings assigned during the semester to reinforce the skills and concepts covered in class. All readings will be passed out or posted online. Discussions and short quizzes will be held based on the readings.
  1. Final Project 20% – Integrate what you have learned or what you have been inspired to examine over the semester into your other passions and share with the class or write a paper about it. More details when the time comes.

Course Outline

This is a tentative outline for the semester, which will be adjusted, based on YOUR interests.

Date Topic Homework assigned
Sept 11th Introductions. Fungal Lifecycle. Ecological roles Chapter 1 Mycelium Running.
Sept 18th


Mushroom Anatomy. Cast of characters. Stages of mushroom cultivation. Chapter 2 Organic Mushroom Farming
Sept 25th


3 methods of outdoor cultivation straw, logs, and woodchips Chapter 9 Mycelium Running
Oct 2nd Indoor mushroom cultivation and small scale commercial production The Trip Treatment
Oct 10th Foraging. History, When, What, How Chapter 22 Organic Mushroom Farming. Bring in a mushroom
Oct 16th Medicinal mushrooms and mycoremediation Final Project
Oct 23rd Final projects. Evaluations



These books are recommended for further information:

  • Stamets, Paul: Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. (2005).
  • Cotter, Tradd: Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation. (2014).
  • Stamets, Paul: Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms. (2000).

Online Resources:

  • Mushworld Mushroom Growers Handbook 1+2
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