Mushroom cultivation course

Saturday 30 - Sunday 31 March 2019
The course runs from 9.30am to 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.

Learn about mushroom growing on this two day hands-on course. You will be able to take home a shiitake inoculated log and oyster mushroom inoculated straw.

What will the Mushroom cultivation course cover?

The course introduces the wonderful world of fungi. Learn what a significant role fungi play in the cycles of life and how they enhance the environment. Hands-on practical activities will give participants skills in several ways of cultivating mushrooms suitable for small spaces. We will look at how to integrate fungi into Permaculture systems in gardens, small holdings & farms.

The course will cover the following:

  • Introduction to fungi and cultivated species
  • The essentials of cultivating any mushroom species
  • The specifics of growing shiitake mushrooms on logs (practical), including selection of logs, inoculation, waxing, spawn run, the harvesting cycle, shocking, fruiting and resting, and pests and diseases
  • The specifics of growing oyster mushrooms on substrate bags (practical), including selection of substrate, inoculation, spawn run, the harvesting cycle, and pests and diseases
  • Inoculating lawns and mulch beds with mushrooms like Morels, Shaggy Ink Caps and King Strapharia
  • Domestic and small scale production of gourmet mushrooms
  • Contacts and references

Please note that it may be difficult to take home both a mushroom log and oyster mushroom bag if you are travelling by public transport.

Who is the Mushroom cultivation course for?

The course is open to anyone over the age of 16 and no prior knowledge is necessary.

The practical element of the course involves very basic woodwork, carried out in pairs, and is not strenuous.

Brighton Permaculture Trust aims to meet the needs of participants with physical disabilities and leaning difficulties. If you have any issues which you feel may affect your ability to attend or participate in this course, please contact us to discuss them prior to booking.

Learning methods and outcomes

A discussion about what participants want from the course will be followed by talks and slide presentations. However, half the course will be devoted to practical hands-on experience with guidance from the tutor. By the end of the course, participants will have the information and skills necessary to cultivate a few types of mushrooms in several ways. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.

Course tutor

Bill Knight used to be a civil engineer until he discovered designing for sustainability and got into Permaculture. Since 1997 he has been living and working at Keveral Farm in Cornwall where he is a member of the workers' co-operative which manages the farmland helping work on the veggie box scheme, running Permaculture courses, farming organic fruit and veg on 10 acres and growing gourmet mushrooms to sell to box customers, restaurants and shops. Bill is also a sustainability consultant working with local authorities and social enterprises. In his spare time he likes to forage in the woods.


Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England

Get directions to Stanmer Park.

If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.

Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.

What does this course lead on to?

This short specialist course is not accredited and does not lead on directly to any other courses.

Recommended reading

No reading is required prior to the course. The text listed here is a recommendation only:


Fees include tuition, refreshments, handouts and information sheets.

  • £275 - Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £275 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £235 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £195 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
  • £77.50 - Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)

* Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking the Mushroom cultivation course

Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course/event. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.

Please do not book unless you are able to pay for your place.

Paying for your place

Please read this section carefully.

When you complete the booking process, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you haven't received that email within the next few hours, please contact us immediately, as this email contains vital information regarding your booking.

You can pay when you book your place using a credit/debit card or PayPal, or you can tick the 'Pay later' box (in the Event Fee section), which gives you the option to pay by BACS or send us a cheque after you have booked. If you choose to pay later, you will have 7 days to pay for your place. Bookings that remain unpaid on our system for longer than that will expire. You will receive notification of this expiration by email. If you then decide you want to come, you will need to contact us to see if there is a still a place available for you.

If you are booking within two weeks of the course, or the course is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay later. Instead, you will need to pay immediately at the point of booking using a credit card or PayPal.

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Book the 30-31 March course


  • Emma
    "Good knowledgeable tutor. Genuinely excited by all things mushroomy. Take-home logs and straw bags was a real bonus."


  • Deborah
    "Great bunch of people, really learned lots, just love the practical practice, and to be able to take the log and straw inoculated with mycelium home was a bonus, just hope I don't kill it now!"

    Deborah Gould

  • Heather
    "Bill is a brilliant course leader who was able to tailor to the needs of each pupil to provide them with relevant information."


  • Don
    "Very interesting to have the additional info of the wider benefits of fungi in the environment (i.e. a permaculture fungi course rather than simply 'grow your own')."

    Don McLean

  • Peter
    "I feel I have learnt to grow a range of mushrooms effectively, using a number of different techniques. I have already started growing shiitake, oyster and reishi mushrooms. Very exciting."

    Peter Deadman

  • Lilian
    "I am so glad that I made the decision to attend the course. Every minute was worth it. I would recommend to anyone interested."


  • Jim
    "Great group of enthusiasts, fantastic that we could take away inoculated logs and straw bags! Loads of follow up help as well - websites, spawn producers etc. Thanks Bill and Stephan. Brilliant course!"


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