Mushroom Class Offered Oct 23, 2010

Taming the ‘shroom: an introduction to mushroom collection, stewardship, and log-based production techniques

October 23 (10 AM- 3 PM) with one-hour lunch break (noon to 1 pm)

Market Square Presbyterian Church @ 20 South Second Street, Harrisburg, PA

$25 per person (min. of 15 people for the class and max of 50) – includes a light lunch.

Deadline to register is October 10, 2010.  For reservations or more information, contact Jennifer Briggs at 717-221-1125 or email to  Checks should be made payable to Jennifer Briggs and mailed to 349 Oak Drive in New Cumberland, PA 17070.

Eric Burkhart is instructor and plant science program director for Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.  He provides training and outreach in botany and horticulture including teaching courses for the Penn State School of Forest Resources on agroforestry, woody and herbaceous plant identification, and nonnative invasive flora.  Working with partners such as the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Eric also conducts research on native plants of economic and conservation importance (e.g., American ginseng and goldenseal) and offers practical guidance through related workshops and publications.

Eric holds degrees in Economic Botany (B.A, Idaho State University) and Horticulture (M.S., Penn State University), and is completing a PhD in Forest Resources (Penn State University).  A native of the Pittsburgh region, he currently farms on 3 acres of forestland in Pennsylvania Furnace.

During this program, participants will learn about:

▪ Wild mushroom collection, “cultivation,” stewardship, processing and markets with emphasis on popular/choice fungi (e.g., morels, chanterelles, hen-of-the-woods)

▪ Growing shiitake and other mushrooms on logs and stumps on forestlands

▪ Forest management considerations

▪ “Stocking” of forestlands with mushrooms for fun, personal consumption and income

This program will consist of slide presentations, a mushroom log “plugging” demonstration and ample opportunity for question and discussion.

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