Shed Light On Growing Mushrooms In Hawaii

July 15, 2014, 1:24 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:43 PM
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The Volcano Art Center’s Mushroom Cultivation workshop, taught by Big Island resident Zach Mermel, will discuss the ways mushrooms grow and teach the health benefits of edible and medicinal fungi in Hawaii.

Mermel will teach the basics of fungal biology and how fungal mycelium colonizes different materials, particularly wooden logs and straw. Attendees will gain hands on experience inoculating their own mushroom kits as well as logs which they can take home at the end of the day.


Mushroom workshop instructor Zach Mermel. Courtesy photo.

Mermel encourages farmers, gardeners, and homeowners seeking to incorporate the growing of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms into their lives and livelihoods to attend.

The workshop will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 (bring a lunch). The fee is $40 for VAC members and $50 for non-members, plus a $25 supply fee. Pre-registration is required. Call 967-8222 or visit

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