The grow method depends very much on how the substrate is disinfected therefore this section will introduce you to some of the disinfection methods
Ea of these have their advantages and dis-advantages. Some need energy to do the job, some not but they take time.
This part discusses agricultural wastes as a great food source for oyster mushroom grow and shows you how you could use those in a closed loop.
Other materials like paper or coffee grounds are discussed and gives you one example of success.
Finally you’ll get a standard recipe exposed, so you can use that whenever you want.
This teaches you how to to grow oyster mushrooms step-by step.
hydration, disinfection, inoculation, incubation, fruiting, storage, spent substrate management.
A huge advantage for farms out there interested in the approach of a sustainable type of agriculture: I call it ‘the closed loop’ because there’s 0 waste in the process. It implies both, agricultural products and mushrooms and therefore this may be a great way for a farm that deals with agricultural wastes such as: corn stalks, cereal straws, cotton waste, sugar cane waste, soy, bean, or any kind of other plant waste. Mushrooms will grow pretty much on anything that grows in your garden, even on grass. I would suggest you to start with oyster mushrooms -they are simple to grow and grow on almost anything you can imagine.
So gather your crop and use the waste to grow mushrooms on it, once you get mushrooms from the same plant you’ve already collected two products (e.g., corn and mushrooms). Next, use the spent mushroom substrate as food for worms, they will transform it into compost. Sell the worms for $25/pc and use the compost as fertilizer for your next plant crop.
The Closed Loop
Step 1: you grow your veggies and collect your crop. At this point what you have left is agricultural waste (corn cobs and stems, cottonseed hulls, sugarcane waste, etc).
Step 2: use this waste to grow mushrooms. At this point you collect your mushroom crop.
Step 3: use the spent substrate from your mushroom crop -turn it into compost with worms. Let them do what they know best.
Step 4: use the compost as a soil fertilizer for your veggie crop.
If you don’t want to mess up with worms you may use the mushroom substrate waste directly as fertilizer for your crop, you may sell it or use it for cattle food. Use this model to get additional income or simply do it because it’s fun.
The biggest challenge is to offer this food to one organism -which is your choice fungus (oyster, shiitake, button, lion’s mane, etc). Avoiding competitor organisms to take this food away it’s not easy, and there is no grower that doesn’t know what green mold is. Don’t be discouraged if your blocks got moldy, but learn from it, detect the problem(s) and find solutions -this will build you up the experience that you need; however, this comes with time and lots of practice.
The ‘Cold Pasteurization’ method
The Heat Treatment method
The Fermentation method
MATERIAL & RECIPE
If you have any questions here you’ll get some answers
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