The 5th Annual Bainbridge Island Mushroom Cultivation Workshop and Foray – Sunday, October 27th

Much ado about mushrooms!

Who knew mushrooms were so amazing…okay, there are probably quite a few people who knew…I just wasn’t one of them—so, I decided to do a little research.

There are an estimated 140,000 species of mushroom-producing fungi, which feed off of decaying animal and plant matter, and the bioremediation of mushroom mycelia (the vegetative part of the fungus, consisting of a network of fine white filaments) breaks down contaminants that eventually absorb pollutants—essentially, they’re nature’s “cleaner uppers”.

They’re used to make dyes for wool and other natural fibers, producing strong vivid colors all across the color spectrum.

They play a strong role in the development of new biological remediation and filtration technologies, such as lowering bacterial levels in contaminated water.

And of course, my favorite part, many varieties are delicious! However, I had no idea just how good they are for you; they’re packed with protein-rich nutrients, antioxidants, low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, very low in sodium, and studies show they can assist in certain cancer treatments and weight loss. They might just be my new favorite food.

The 5th Annual Bainbridge Island Mushroom Cultivation Workshop and Foray
produced by
Gnomestead Hollow Farm & Forage and Holly Lane Gardens
Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 11am to 3pm
(see below for registration information)

A FUNgi-filled day of mushroom growing and foraging!

Learn how to easily grow delicious gourmet mushrooms in your home and garden using low-cost, low-tech cultivation methods. Explore the biology and ecology of fungi, as well as a foray to identify the diverse varieties growing on Bainbridge Island. All participants will create and take home their own GYO (Grow Your Own) Mushroom Kits and have an opportunity to taste some of this bio-region’s finest wild and delectable gourmet mushrooms! 

Matt with Gnomestead Hollow Farm & Forage—a small family owned and operated vegetable ferment business and gourmet mushroom farm located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia—has spent several years conducting workshops on the cultivation and safe foraging of wild mushrooms. This will be his 5th year teaching the workshop at Holly Lane Gardens.

Holly Lane Gardens Bed & Breakfast is a working farm situated on almost nine-acres of majestic trees and an organic garden featuring vegetables, flowers, herbs and orchids, all situated in the heart of Bainbridge Island. As mushroom lovers, they’ve set aside two-and-a-half acres of dedicated forestry, which generates some of the rarest mushrooms on the island. The B&B offers guest rooms in the main house, as well as a private cottage—breakfast includes homemade breads, fresh fruit and fresh eggs from their resident chickens.  The Inn also offers a variety of crafts for sale, such as candles, weaved items and wreathes, as well as farm grown fruits and herbs and fresh-baked breads and pastries.

Holly Lane Gardens is located at 9432 Holly Farm Lane, BI 206-842-8959 / 206-601-1147 or

To register: email Matt at

*Images used with permission by Holly Lane Gardens and Gnomestead Hollow


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