Intro to Mushroom Culture


One Credit

December 26 – January 20


WillieCInstructor:  Willie Crosby



Phone: 978-844-1811

Introduction: This course will introduce online students to 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.

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. Participation = 50%

– Students are expected to log into class and participate regularly.

  1. Readings and homework 30%

– There will be readings assigned during the term to reinforce the skills and concepts covered in class. All readings will be posted on Blackboard. 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.

Course Outline

This is a tentative outline for the semester.

Topic Homework assigned
Introductions. Fungal Lifecycle. Chapter 1 Mycelium Running.
Mushroom Anatomy. Cast of characters. Stages of mushroom cultivation. Inoculate straw Chapter 2 Organic Mushroom Farming


Mycoremediation Chapter 9 Mycelium Running
Myco medicinals Chapter 22 Organic Mushroom Farming. Bring in a mushroom


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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