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Mushroom Identification and Cultivation

  • Mushroom cultivation

    Fri 2nd - Sun 4th Oct 2015
    Course starts at 4pm and ends at 2pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £350, Low Waged £300, Concessions £225.

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Course details

This course will give you the skills necessary to identify mushrooms and fungi in a range of habitats.
You will learn to identify the main edible species as well as many that are not, and understand the habits, ecology and behaviour of this mysterious genus.
You will also learn the potential for the use of fungi in horticultural systems, micro-waste management and other unexplored areas.
You will also learn cultivation techniques.

This course will guide you through fungi identification. It will explore the main species through walks and forays. You will learn what you can expect to find in different habitats, the main differences between families, and how to easily spot edible mushrooms.

The second aspect of the course will examine various cultivation techniques of edible mushrooms and the role of mycelium in permiculture. The use of mycelium for dealing with hazardous waste and polluted soil will also be discussed with particular reference to the research work undertaken here at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

The course will take place in the diverse habitats around the Centre for Alternative Technology. This course will make use of our new woodland Coed Gwern and our new laboratory facilities and teaching space.

The course is for anyone interested in cultivating or foraging for mushrooms.

This course will be taught by Dr. John Kearney – Senior lecturer on CATs Advanced Energy and Environment MSc, Botanist and Mycologist.

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots are mandatory.

To reserve a place on one of our courses, choose one of the following options:

• Online: Click on the “Book online” button either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• By telephone: Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 952 with your credit card details.
• By post: Firstly, call the Courses Department on 01654 704 952 to check availability and then post cheque to:

Short courses
Centre for Alternative Technology
SY20 9AZ

Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due two weeks before the start of the course.

Course Fees and Concessions
We offer concessions rates where stated for some courses, concessions apply to unemployed, retired or full-time students.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Cancellation Policy
We regret that except in cases of illness, we will make the following cancellation charges:
a) more than two weeks before the course - half the fee forfeit.
b) less than two weeks before the course - the full fee forfeit.

The deposit is non refundable in most circumstances.

However, the Centre reserves the right to cancel any courses, deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.


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