Well shucks Jason, you must be reading my mind. There most certainly was a home scale mushroom cultivation workshop - but it just came and went! Apologies for not getting you the info sooner. Rafter Sass of the Ecological Learning Institute and the Liberation Ecology Project taught a morning workshop on the ecology and life cycle of fungi and then led a hands-on hardwood log inocculation with shitake 'plug spawn' so that folks left with a log that should provide several flushes of edible fungi over the next few years.
We'll (the Burlington Permaculture group - http://burlingtonpermaculture.googlepages.com
) most certainly be offering more opportunities to learn about this. Hope we'll catch you the next time.
I had the pleasure of inocculating some straw and woodchip mulch with Elm Oyster and Morel spawn in an edible landscape I've designed and installed for a client here in Burlington. This is another way to create landscaping that is more productive food-wise and also helps speed down the decomposition of the mulch, thereby building soil in the process. It's pretty much a win-win scenario. Fungi Perfecti in Washington State has an excellent catalog and array of products for the home scale mushroom grower. Also, Paul Stamet's book, Mycelium Running
, is said to be a fantastic resource on the subject as well.