Naturalist Night: Getting to Know Mushroom Cultivation

Many in Santa Cruz know the thrill of stumbling upon a flush of delicious Chanterelles or scouring high and low for a Lion’s Mane clinging to a tree trunk. But for most of us, the mushrooms that we eat have been cultivated and distributed to stores.


Join Justin Pierce, professional mushroom propagator, for a lecture exploring an array of fungal cultivation aspects, from sterile culture work and cloning to fruiting. This talk will also emphasize home cultivation projects for those interested in starting their own mushroom garden!

About the speaker: Justin Pierce grew up in Santa Cruz enjoying the natural beauty of the county. They have been with the Santa Cruz Fungus Federation for 10 years, currently serving as Prime Minister. Justin works as the spawn lab technician for Far West Fungi located in Moss Landing, spending each work day in the lab propagating mushroom mycelium "spawn" for a variety of mushroom species for production and sales. Justin has spent a significant amount of time photographing the mushrooms of the county and has been published in both online and printed articles.

Thursday, January 16 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Event Type

Community Event, Workshop & Lecture






Santa Cruz



Free with Admission $4 General $2 Students/Seniors Free for Members and Youth under 18

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