Dear Arizona Mushroom Growers Association,
We are so excited to announce that we are pursuing funding sources to support a Portobello mushroom production project. We have been asked about this by several of you throughout the years and have decided it is finally time.
Stay tuned and keep an eye out for our Spring Newsletter!
In order to better serve growers around the state, the AZMGA is excited to announce that we are seeking members for an advisory board. The advisory board will help us to expand our reach and better leverage our resources to continue building the mushroom growing industry here in Arizona.
The board will teleconference bi-monthly and meet in-person once per year. If you are passionate about mushroom cultivation and bolstering the production industry in Arizona we would love to have you as part of our board! All you have to do is fill out our application form, located here.
We're looking forward to hearing from you! This is an important next step for the AZMGA and we want you to be a part of it! Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Thanks to everyone who signed up for our September workshop here in Tucson! The response was fast and furious, and the workshop has reached capacity. We'll post any news about upcoming workshops here on the AZMGA website and via our newsletter mailing list. Looking forward the 7th!
September 7 2018
1pm - 5pm
UA Controlled Environment Agricultural Center
1951 E Roger Rd
Good news for those of you in Southern AZ—the AZMGA will be holding the second session of our workshop on our home turf here in Tucson! Substrates to Sales picks up where our previous workshop left off and addresses such subjects as pasteurization, substrate mixtures, GHP/GAP certification and more!
In addition to the informational resources, participants will inoculate their own jar of grain spawn to take home as well as bulk-inoculate substrate to take and watch the mycelium grow.
Hope to see you all there! To register, just fill our the form here and you'll be all set for September.
Due to a scheduling conflict we have changed the date of our new workshop in Flagstaff. Rather than holding the workshop on June 6th we have changed the date to June 27th. We still have a few spots left, so if you were unable to attend on the original date, maybe this one will better suit you!
This workshop will build upon our original workshop, Fundamentals of Small-Scale Mushroom Production. We'll be focusing on some of the research done on substrates with respect to different mushroom species, techniques of low-tech, low resource pasteurization and other practical aspects of growing mushrooms in Arizona. You can register here. See you in Flagstaff!
Thanks to everyone who came out for our workshop in Sierra Vista this past Wednesday! We've traveled with this workshop all across the state over the last couple of years, and it's still a great pleasure to meet and interact with people who are excited about growing mushrooms.
Along with the lecture portion of the workshop, we successfully bulk-inoculated 32 grow bags with Pearl Oyster spawn, which participants took home to fruit out for themselves. Everyone at the workshop also performed a culture transfer of Blue Oyster mycelium and left with their own petri dish of culture.
We hope that the workshop has inspired people to get started growing mushrooms! Keep in mind that the AZMGA is here to help in any way that we can—whether its providing grow bags and spawn or informational resources to guide you through the grow process. You can also always contact us with specific questions, photos of your grow operation, or just anecdotes about successes and not-exactly-successes that you've experienced cultivating mushrooms. We look forward to hearing from you!
It's a well-known fact that when mushrooms are exposed to sunlight their Vitamin D content increases. In fact, after six hours in sunlight shiitake mushrooms have 400 times more Vitamin D than shiitakes not exposed to the sun (source here). Even without exposure to the sun, mushrooms have a range of incredible health benefits. They contain B vitamins like riboflavin and niacin, have high levels of ergothionine (an antioxidant found in beans, bran, and liver), and conjugated linoleic acid (an anti-cholesterol compound), among other things.
Given these qualities, what effects might other types of light have on the nutritional compounds that already exist in mushrooms? The AZMGA's partners at the University of Arizona are examining this question. In the photo above Pearl Oyster mushrooms are growing in a wash of blue, white, or red LED lights. The Pryor and Kacira Labs at the U of A are growing under these unique conditions to determine the effects on the content of ergothianine, beta glucan, and protein in the mushrooms.
As with all of the research done by our University partners, at the conclusion of the experiment the AZMGA will share the results with our members. As interest in functional mushrooms and their nutritional properties increases, being able to naturally and easily increase the amounts of their desirable compounds would give Arizona mushrooms a competitive edge! Stay tuned for the findings of this ongoing experiment. And don't forget to check out the research page here at the AZMGA website for the findings of the Pryor Lab's previous research into substrates, spawn and fruiting environments.
We're excited to announce a new four-hour cultivation workshop! Substrates to Sales: Advanced Mushroom Cultivation builds upon our previous workshop and further equips growers for success in their growing operations. We'll be presenting findings from new research done at the University of Arizona that will help growers dial in their substrates and fruiting environments.
While this workshop builds on our previous one, it is not a prerequisite to have attended Fundamentals--the workshop will still be accessible to beginners. Space is limited to 30 spots, so register today!
Just fill out the registration form and you're set to go. Hope to see you there!
Sierra Vista has been scheduled as our latest venue for the Fundamentals of Small-Scale Mushroom Production workshop! We'll be driving the mobile mushroom shed to Southeastern AZ for four hours (1pm - 5pm) of fungi-philic fun.
Your $20 registration fee gets you insights into all of the basics of mushroom production as well as some basic mycology, and you'll leave with a culture of your own and an inoculated grow bag to fruit out at home.
Registration is limited to thirty participants, so sign up now! You can register here.
And don't forget about the workshop to be held in Kingman on April 11th—you can register for that one here.
Thanks to everyone who attended our workshop this week! It was a great pleasure seeing so many people enthusiastic about growing mushrooms in Arizona. We hope all of our attendees will keep in contact with the AZMGA and draw upon us for spawn, cultures, and informational resources.
A reminder that the slides from the presentation are available under the "Cultivating" tab on the menu above. And don't forget to click the "Join" tab and register as an official member of the AZMGA if you have not done so already. Good luck in all your cultivation efforts!