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Pop-Up Workshop: In Your Yard Mushroom Remediation

We will construct oyster mushroom beds at Home Grown Community Garden and the new container home next door using woodchips and cardboard substrate. Participants can bring a garden container with soil (16” diameter or larger suggested) and create their own Mushroom Garden in a Pot to take home.

You will get hands on experience working with substrate and spawn while workshop leader, Steve Mann explains the potential and methods of mycoremediation for mitigation of dog waste and other environmental toxins in urban ecosystems.

Hands-On Workshop is free for everyone

Oyster mushroom spawn and substrate for your Patio Pot Mushroom garden – $ 15.00

Location: Home Grown Community Garden

3000 E 20th St

Kansas City Mo

More information on Mycoremediation:

Oyster mushrooms, Pleurotus ostreatus are used to break down complex carbon based toxins such as petroleum, benzene, antibiotics, personal care products and alkaline battery chemicals. Many of these are common pollutants in our urban environment.

Medical research has found that Oyster Mushroom produce statins and lovastatins that help in lowering LDL cholesterol in the body. Pleurotus ostreatus extract was also found to inhibit the proliferation of human breast and colon cancer cells.

This variety of fungus can also utilize common organic materials such as woodchips, bedding straw, garden refuse and even cardboard keeping these resources out of the waste stream. We can reap a harvest of highly nutritious, healing food while we remediate and build our soils.

Dog waste Mycoremediation

Mushroom mycelium can filter out toxins or break them down into inert chemicals before they ingest them. Mushrooms can then break down a wide array of contaminants such as petroleum byproducts, heavy metals and filter out fecal coliforms and other biological contaminates from soil and water.

The King Stropharia, Stropharia rugos is one of the most commonly used mushroom for creating mycofiltration barriers to process runoff contaminated with E.coli and other biological contaminants. They are also useful in grey water filtration systems.

Strategic placement of mushroom woodchip beds can create a porous, myceliated biomass filter network to keep dog and pet waste from fouling our stream and lakes.

You will learn a simple method to grow oyster and other mushrooms in your yard with woodchips, straw and cardboard in a shady spot where you can’t grow vegetable. After your mushroom patch is established and producing you can use it to seed sites that need to be restored in your neighborhood.


Workshop will be led by Steve Mann owner of Prairie Ecosystems Management

Agroforestry and Ecological Design/Consulting

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