429: Thomas Tuoti on Growing Mushrooms at Home.
Minimizing food waste and improving soils by growing fungi.
Tom practices permaculture at his home, or as he calls it “The Homestead”, in Mesa, Arizona. He has been doing urban agriculture for 8 years; but before he ever stuck a shovel in the ground, he became interested in mushrooms and how they can be used to mitigate food waste and improve soils. He now manages edible landscape projects in the greater Phoenix area and is developing an at-home mushroom kit so people can grow their own.
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In This Podcast:
We learn the ins and outs of growing mushrooms at home with Thomas Tuoti. Listen in for the difference between mushrooms and mycelium as well as how to use them to build your soil. Mushrooms are the composting tool we never knew we needed, and Tom shares how to harness the biological efficiency of mushrooms, use them to enrich your landscape, and how to start growing them at home.
Listen in and learn about:
- How Tom discovered the biological efficiency of mushrooms.
- How to grow 1lb of mushrooms per 1lb of substrate
- The difference between mushrooms and
- How mycelium improves soil and helps your plants
- Arizona’s agricultural challenges and how mushrooms can help
- The compostable foods you can use to grow mushrooms
- The easiest mushrooms for beginners to grow
- How to build your soil at home using mushrooms
- Edible landscaping ideas that take very little water
- How to get started in mushroom growing
- Identifying things in your landscape to inoculate with mushrooms
As well as:
His failure – Slowly learning to identify contamination in the mushrooms and how to fix an outbreak.
His success – Teaching at Chandler/Gilbert Community College and as a class built the first no water garden bed using mushrooms.
His drive – To help reduce food waste and how we fit into our landscape.
His advice – Don’t be afraid of mushrooms in your soil, but never eat a mushroom unless you are sure where it came from and it’s variety!
Tom’s Book recommendations:
Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets
How to reach Tom:
Sorry, we no longer have his contact information.
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