Tim Armstrong of Eat Your Yard Jax discussed how you can raise mushrooms at home during this Horticulture Corner program on November 3. Armstrong has studied the varieties that grow best in Northeast Florida and shared his extensive experience gained from training programs around the country. He covered how to grow varieties like shiitake and oyster mushrooms and the seasons when they grow best.
Eat Your Yard Jax is a family-run farm specializing in edible landscape and garden plants and practicing organic principles and sustainable agriculture. The farm uses composting, vermiculture, rainwater reclamation, aquaponics, chicken production for a manure source, and mushroom production from waste wood reclamation as part of its sustainable practices.
Armstrong’s family has lived in North Florida since Florida became a state. They operated a trading post, post office, and steamboat stop on the Apalachicola River for almost 100 years. Armstrong grew up on Jacksonville’s westside and worked in several nurseries as a young man. He returned to the nursery business in 2007. After he met the folks at the Beaches Green Market, he expanded the edible component of his business. He enjoyed sharing the market experience with his children and hearing stories of urban agriculture success—and failure—from customers. After volunteering at the North Florida School of Special Education’s gardens, Armstrong studied at Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with Will Allen. The training helped Berry Good Farms to grow out of NFSSE’s small garden into the microbusiness training model it is today.
This program was be offered in-person at the Garden Club and simultaneously on Zoom. COVID-19 health and safety guidelines were be practiced during this event. Seating in the Ballroom was socially distanced, and attendees wore masks throughout the entire program.
Eat Your Yard Jax regularly offers programs on growing mushrooms, including one coming up on Saturday, November 28.
Armstrong discussed these reference materials during his presentation:
- “Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms” book by Paul Stamets
- “Common Florida Mushrooms” book by James Kimbrough
- “The Good, The Bad, and The Deadly: Knowing the Poisonous Mushrooms” video by Taylor F. Lockwood
- “The Mushroom Identification Trilogy” video by Taylor F. Lockwood
- “Let’s Grow Mushrooms!” video by Marc R. Keith of Mountain Mushroom Farm
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