Grow Your Own Mushrooms

Are you a chef, home cook, do-it-yourselfer, nature lover, science lover, or simply curious to know more about the benefits of keeping your own mushrooms, and what these fascinating organisms can teach us?

Learn to grow your own mushroom gardens!

The Piedmont of NC has a wonderful climate for cultivating many types of nutritional, medicinal, and delicious mushrooms.

Young and old love getting their hands dirty engaging with and understanding their food, medicine, and the wonder of the natural world. Yes, this is a great experience for kids too!

Every program participant will receive an inoculated shiitake log!
And walk away empowered to cultivate and continue their learning.


Saturday, April 21

AM Session: 9AM-12PM
PM Session:  2PM-5PM

Eco-Institute Barn




Garden Manager, wild food enthusiast, bee-keeper, mushroom grower, chef, seed saver, grounds keeper, musician, student and teacher – Farmer Dave Pollmiller has many passions in life. It´s not hard to see that his greatest passion in life is food. Dave has an infectious passion for growing food, foraging for food, cooking food and without a doubt, eating food. A native of Kansas, Dave left Kansas University in 2013 in response to his heart´s message to pursue his passions. He found himself working on organic farms in Hawaii and lived there for two years learning the basics of small scale agriculture. Dave came to the Eco-Institute in 2015 for the Odyssey Fellowship program. Fully inspired by the work of The Eco-Institute, Dave stayed at the farm and became staff that winter. You will see the reflections of his passion in both the gardens and the kitchen.