N.C. Cooperative Extension will hold a class on "Growing Shiitake Mushrooms," Tuesday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Macon County Environmental Resource Center. Preregistration is required. A $10 materials fee is due at registration. Each participant should bring two hardwood logs (oak is preferred; no walnut or locust), 4 to 6 inches in diameter and 3 to 4 feet long. The logs should be fresh cut.
This will be a hands on workshop. A classroom session will explain Shiitake growing and participants will then drill their logs and inoculate them with Shiitake mushroom "seed." Participants will leave the class with two inoculated Shiitake logs and the ability to inoculate more. The program is geared toward hobby growers. Most of the program will be outside, so dress warmly. If you have an extra log to donate, we would like to build a Shiitake demonstration area at the Environmental Resource Center. Register at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Center by Friday, Feb. 27. Call (828)349-2046 if you have any questions.