Workshops mix coffee and mushrooms for sustainable results

Urban Kulture founder Aaron Boyer with his mushrooms which were grown from using used coffee granules. Photo supplied.

Urban Kulture founder Aaron Boyer with his mushrooms which were grown from using used coffee granules. Photo supplied.

You may not think coffee and mushrooms mix, however Urban Kulture founder Aaron Boyer has found a way.

Mr Boyer has used coffee granules which usually go to waste to help grow mushrooms.

He has been researching mushroom cultivation since 2010 and is fascinated by the idea of growing food from waste.

As a result of his success, Mr Boyer is travelling the country to teach others about cultivating food through waste.

The workshops are designed for beginners and the curious, and go through the process of the production of mushrooms from making the cultures to creating spawn and fruiting substrates.

They teach participants how to create their own cultures using nothing but waste stem butts from fresh mushrooms.

Also included are steps on how to make mushroom spawn from recycled paper pellets, and fruiting blocks using three different urbanly available substrates: Paper Pellets, Hardwood Pellets and spent coffee grounds.

Mr Boyer is encouraging residents to grow their own gourmet oyster mushrooms and learn techniques to produce mushroom grow kits.

“The kits can be used to provide fresh mushrooms at home as needed, start your own business, or as fundraisers for schools or clubs.”

Mr Boyer will be hosting workshops in Bunbury and Margaret River in February.

Bunbury’s workshop will be on February 4 from 4.30pm to 7pm at the Stirling Street Arts Centre.

Margaret River’s workshop will be on February 6 from 7 to 9pm at Margaret River Community Centre.

For more information visit www.urbankulture.com.au

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