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Mushrooms: Growing Your Own & Foraging Wild

When Jul 09, 2012
from 06:15 PM to 07:45 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Summer programming at Decorah Public Library for youth age 10 and up and curious adults continues Monday, July 9 with “Mushroom Magic: Growing Your Own and Foraging Wild,” from 6:15 to 7:45 pm.

Many here in NE Iowa, when asked, “Who are the funguses amongus?” would think first of the tasty morel mushroom, that seems to magically appear above ground overnight in May.  But what about all the others, and how are these people growing mushrooms of their own around here doing it?  This program is designed to answer these questions for young and old alike.  Three local growers-- Janet Alexander, Louise Hagen and Trevor Madsen--will be on hand to show pictures of their mushroom “gardens” and tell the stories of how they got started with their unusual crops.  Madsen is also an avid forager and will be able to share information about wild species that grow around here as well, including how to safely identify edible types.


Samples and ID Help 

Growing mushrooms is like co-creating any plant with nature:  growers are more or less dependent on having “good” weather conditions.  For a young mushroom starting out, that would be coolish and moist, which is not exactly typical July weather in Decorah.  However, if we are lucky, and conditions are suitable, there will be some samples of homegrown mushrooms available at the program.  In addition, regardless of the weather, anyone seeking help with identification of wild types they have found is invited to bring them along to the library to get help.  Madsen encourages collectors to keep mushrooms cool in a paper bag in the refrigerator if they are collected several days before the program on the 9th.  A picture or precise description of the site where they were collected would also be beneficial.

For questions about this free program or others coming up, contact Heidi at Decorah Public Library, 382-3717 or