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Upcoming Events

January

Growing Forward FarmsGrowing Mushrooms in the City:

January 18th, Growing Forward Farms, Charlotte, NC

Learn about the biology, ecology, and cultivation of several gourmet and medicinal mushrooms you can grow in the city including shiitake, oyster, reishi, and others.  Hands-on activities and demonstrations include simple low-tech methods to incorporate mushrooms in your garden or urban farm on logs, sticks, wood chips, and urban waste, such as coffee grinds, cardboard, etc.  Discussions will include post-harvest handling, cooking, medicine making and marketing of mushrooms.

 

vabf-logo-framedVirginia Association for Biological Farming Conference

January 31-February 1, Kroger Center, Midlothian, VA

Visit our booth at the trade show.  If you are interested in organic and ecological farming, this is the conference for you.

 

PVCC_logo2Introduction to Permaculture

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Mondays, January 27th-February 24th, 6-8pm

Join Emily Axelbaum from the BRPN and City Schoolyard Garden and Mark to explore permaculture as a systematic design process for developing landscapes and social relationships that meet human needs and increase ecosystem health.  A focus on principles and processes will empower both beginners and practitioners to use permaculture design to builds resilience in our community.

February

vsu-new-logoShiitake Mushroom Production

Wednesday, February 12th, Cumberland County, $5

Virginia State University, VA Extension Service, and Sharondale Farm collaborate to teach this comprehensive introduction to low tech mushroom cultivation on logs.  Topics include:  biology and ecology of fungi, cultivation methods for shiitake and other gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, economics and marketing of shiitake mushrooms, and a most excellent cooking demonstration and recipe sampling.

 

MOFFA

Maryland Organic Food & Farming Association

Winter Meeting, February 15th, 8am-5pm

Maryland Department of Agriculture, Annapolis

Mark will bring the mycelium to Maryland.

March

workshopsGrowing Woodland Mushrooms

March 22nd, 9am-noon, Sharondale Farm, Cismont, VA.  $75.

Learn about the biology, ecology, and outdoor cultivation of several woodland mushrooms including shiitake, oyster, and reishi.  Hands-on demonstrations include simple methods for mushroom cultivation on logs and woodchips.  Discussions will include post-harvest handling, cooking, medicine making and marketing of mushrooms.

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Tricycle Gardens

Growing Mushrooms in the City

Learn about the biology, ecology and cultivation of several woodland mushrooms you can grow in the city including shiitake, oyster and reishi. Hands-on demonstrations include simple methods of how to incorporate mushrooms in your garden on logs, sticks, wood chips and urban waste such as coffee grinds, cardboard, etc. Discussions will include post-harvest handling, cooking, medicine making and marketing of mushrooms.

 

vsu-new-logo

Shiitake Mushroom Production

Wednesday, March 26th, Prince Edward County, VA

Virginia State University, VA Extension Service, and Sharondale Farm collaborate to teach this comprehensive introduction to low tech mushroom cultivation on logs.  Topics include:  biology and ecology of fungi, cultivation methods for shiitake and other gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, economics and marketing of shiitake mushrooms, and a most excellent cooking demonstration and recipe sampling.  Contact David Smith: (804)492-4390.

 

 April

 monticello-thumbnailMonticello Center for Historic Plants Open House

Saturday, April 5th, 9am-3pm, Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, Free.

Come check out the gardens and plant selection for sale in the nursery.  Check out the progress on the newly created mushroom habitat.

Ira Wallace will talk about “How to Grow Thomas Jefferson’s Most Unusual Vegetables”

and Mark will talk about incorporating mushrooms in gardens, landscapes and small farms.

 

Project Grows-picEat More Mushrooms!

April 12th, 9am-12pm. Shenandoah Permaculture Wellness Institute

Mark will lead this discussion about how and why we use mushrooms to increase the health and vibrancy of our communities by increasing diversity in our diets and on our farms.

 

 

sharondale product gardengiantGrowing Garden Mushrooms

April 19th, 9am-noon, Sharondale Farm, Cismont, Virginia, $75

Learn simple methods for growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in your garden.  Hands-on demonstrations and discussions include:  preparing substrates by composting, pasteurizing and fermenting, and planting methods for several mushroom species including King Stropharia, Elm Oyster, and Almond Portobello.

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maymontHerbs Galore and More

Saturday April 26th, 8am-4pm, Maymont Park, Richmond, VA

Stop by our booth during our second visit to this horticultural hoedown.  This annual plant and craft sale has over 40 vendors with a huge variety and selection of plants.  Good food, and and fun on the Carriage House Lawn.

 

May

Agroc-96dpiMushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae:  a Permaculture of the Fungi

May 30- June 1, Sharondale Farm, Cismont, VA, sliding scale

 Rescheduled for Spring 2015.

More details soon.

 

 

August

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  Edible Food Fest in Orange

August 9th from 10am-6pm

Check out the Sharondale Farm and Herb Angel booth at this fine food festival in downtown Orange, VA.

Mark’s talk at 12:15 in the Chat tent:  “Eat More Mushrooms!”

 

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 Telluride Mushroom Festival

 August 15-19th in Telluride, CO.

Mark will be there!  He’ll be teaching the following sessions:

Introduction to Mushroom Cultivation: Towards a Permaculture of the Fungi: Mushrooms are recyclers of planetary debris, and creators of food, fuel, fibre and medicines. This workshop focuses on the essentials from cultivation basics to more complex concepts and permaculture principles that keep circular systems going strong. This is a perfect class for beginner to intermediate cultivators wishing to cultivate edible and medicinal mushrooms easily at home or on the farm. Intercropping mushroom species in gardens, landscapes, and in composting piles is an easy way to cultivate edible mushrooms while providing soil creation and biodiversity to harmonize microbial populations using organic methods of agriculture.  ALL DAY FRIDAY, AUGUST 15th with Kris Holstrom at Tomten Farm

Fungi and Biological Farming: An introduction to the biology and ecology of fungi and mushrooms in biological agriculture. Explore methods small farmers and gardeners can use to diversify their cultivation to include gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Discussions will include: cultivation, harvesting, post-harvest handling, value-added products, and marketing of mushrooms.  Monday, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm, Elks’ Lodge

September

hhf8th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival

September 13th, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA

Sharondale Farm will be there!  Come on by and see some of our new offerings.

Mark will present a workshop about local farming and simple, low-tech methods for cultivating mushrooms.

 

October

sharondale product workshop

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

October 18th,  9am-1pm at Sharondale Farm, Cismont, Virginia. $75.

Learn low-tech methods for outdoor cultivation of mushrooms for personal and ecological health. Discover how to grow shiitake, oyster, garden giant, almond portobello, and reishi. Activities and demonstrations include mushroom cultivation on logs, wood chips, compost, and seasonal oyster mushroom cultivation on pasteurized straw. Each participant will take home an oyster mushroom growing bag completed during the workshop.  Register on the Workshops Page.

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2015 

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