Cultivator’s Potluck Circle.
Missoula’s Cult Cult is a sub organization of the WMMA that aims to spread mushroom cultivation knowledge and cultures throughout our community. Cult Cult hosts bi-weekly potlucks where Members meet, share meals, and discuss mushroom cultivation.
If you’re just getting into growing mushrooms, there are many factors to consider, but some of the main things to keep in mind are:
- Keeping competing fungi and other microorganisms at bay is a constant battle in the world of fungal cultivation. By working together as a group, we can provide fresh cultures of our favorite mushrooms when one of us inevitably loses our grow to contamination.
- Various species of mushrooms prefer different food sources, and this information can be difficult to figure out on your own. Fortunately, shared experiences can help us discover new and creative ways to feed our mushrooms. From recycling cardboard waste, to inoculating logs, Cult Cult members will be able to tell you the best way to grow any of the mushrooms you want to cultivate.
- Sterilization or pasteurization of your substrate is vital if you want to avoid potential contamination. Your substrates are considered a delicious meal to many organisms beyond whatever you’re trying to grow, and there are various ways to keep your substrates clean and free from competition. Whether you should be pressure cooking large amounts of grains, or microwaving coir or instant rice, we’ll be happy to show you the best way to give your culture the upper hand.
- Fresh Air Exchange
- Just like us, Fungi breath oxygen in order to provide respiration for their cellular activities. Unlike us, they also require a decent level of humidity to keep from drying out. Achieving the right balance between fresh air and humidity can be tricky, and the ratio will vary based on the mushroom you’re trying to grow. With decades of experience, Cult Cult can guide you towards achieving this balance for your own growing experiments.
Think you’d like to become a part of our local mushroom growing community? Contact us via the form below and leave us a short message about your cultivation goals!:
The internet is a treasure trove of cultivation information. From forums to YouTube channels, here are a few places we recommend getting starting your research:
*While a lot of internet information surrounding mushroom cultivation focuses on psilocybin containing species, these techniques still apply to all other species. We do not encourage or condone any illegal mushroom cultivation, so please be aware and respectful of your local laws.