The Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance will hold a workshop on shiitake and oyster mushroom cultivation at 2 p.m., March 24, at the Bascom Art Center in Highlands. The event will take place in the adult studio room downstairs.
Rodney Webb, member of the N.C. Mountain Mushroom Cooperative, will present tools and tips for growing edible mushrooms. Following the presentation, Webb will help attendees inoculate their own log. Logs, tools and supplies will be provided by the alliance and be available for sale during the event. Participants will be able to purchase additional logs that have been pre-inoculated. Each log, if properly cared for over time, will produce several pounds of mushrooms.
The hands on portion of the workshop will entail drilling the mushroom logs, plugging the holes with mushroom spawn and sealing them with hot wax. 828.526.0890, ext. 320.