Autumn in Niagara



An afternoon Cultivating Shiitake Mushrooms(Day 1)

Yesterday we spent a few hours helping out at the Boyter Family Farm in Fonthill to learn about the process of cultivating mushrooms by working hand in hand with them. Here are a few photos from the first stage of cultivating shiitake mushrooms with a brief description below each as well as a link with more in depth information if you’re interested.

Violet and the pile of cut Maple logs, we used for cultivating. It’s recommended to use a hard wood for Shiitake Mushrooms such as oak, birch and beech along with a few others are also options for  the process. 
Drilled holes for inoculation approximately 1 inch in depth.
Drilling the holes to later fill with shiitake spores.
Melting bees wax using an old crock pot as a double boiler. 
Hardened block of bees wax that was later melted for capping the holes filled with spores.
Using a bent spoon to cover the holes.
 Maple logs filled with mushroom spores and capped with bees wax.