Home Mushroom Cultivation

Ready to gain the skills to grow edible & medicinal mushrooms aplenty -  on logs, in buckets, in gardens and more, at your place?

Join beginner mushroom growers around the world who've established thriving mushroom-growing systems at home, and cultivated a new relationship with the fascinating world of fungi... with Milkwood's Home Mushroom Cultivation course.

This course will give you all the skills you need - to turn you from complete beginner into a competent (and successful!) edible & medicinal mushroom grower, at the home scale.

 All using low-tech and low-waste methods. We will get you growing ALL the 'shrooms! 

Bookings open regularly to our waitlist. The next class opens for bookings on July 3 - your course will then begin on July 17. 

We can't wait to meet you.

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Your complete pathway to successful home mushroom cultivation:

We want to help you create a home with: stacks of fruiting shiitake logs down the side, buckets of oyster mushrooms fruiting in the back shed, enokitake mushrooms coming out your ears, and winecap mushrooms popping up along your garden edges...

...plus jars of medicinals such as lions mane and turkeytail mushrooms in your pantry - homegrown and home dried.


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This comprehensive, 8-week online course will get you growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in buckets, on logs, in gardens and more - using organic, low-tech, low-waste techniques.

All inside a crafted learning experience - with excellent resources, ongoing mentorship and a private learning community, to ensure you succeed in growing beyond your most mushroomy dreams...

And we know how to troubleshoot all your mushroom-growing challenges, too. You'll be personally mentored every step of the way by our crew of friendly fungi experts - who will answer ALL your questions, inside your private learning community, as you grow. 

Bookings open regularly to our waitlist - registration will next open on April 3, for the Home Mushroom Cultivation class beginning on April 17. 

By the end of this course, you will have the complete skills and know-how to grow mushrooms:

Home Mushroom Cultivation provides a pathway to take you from keen beginner to competent (and successful!) mushroom grower, at the home scale.

While many of our students have used this course as a pathway to creating an awesome low-waste mushroom cultivation business - in this course we focus on your home mushroom cultivation setup and success.

We want to help you create:

Household resilience at your place, a deepened relationship with fungi &  your ecosystem, and ALL the mushrooms you can eat, plus fresh medicinals, too.

"This course gave me the confidence to grow mushrooms easily and sustainably, it added to my sustainable lifestyle, allows me to take better care of my health and best of all it gives me so much joy. Seriously... just sign up - it's the best."


"Totally recommend the course! First buckets I set up have produced a second and third (smaller) flush with zero effort, and next batch is now fruiting heavily. Including a MONSTER white oyster... slated for pizza tonight."


"Had I not done the course, I would have been limited to mushroom grow kits. Instead, I am scaling what I've learned to suit my needs. I was grateful for the support of the Milkwood team, who were right alongside me as I worked through the modules."


Your Mushroom Cultivation Teachers

More than two decades of experience, with thousands of happy beginner growers...

Nick Ritar

Nick founded Milkwood with Kirsten in 2007, and started growing mushrooms at home soon after.

He has trained with various world-leading mycologists such as Paul Stamets, and taught 1,000+ students hands-on gourmet mushroom cultivation through Milkwood's courses.

When he's not growing mushrooms, Nick teaches permaculture, grows veggies, keeps bees and scoots off foraging at any opportunity.

Kirsten Bradley

Kirsten founded Milkwood with Nick in 2007. Since then, she has established farms and community gardens, and grown a LOT of vegetables.

She is author of the best-selling books Milkwood: Real Skills for Down-to-Earth Living - which includes a full chapter on low-waste mushroom cultivation.

Kirsten is also known for her advocacy and workshops in permaculture skills - from fermenting to natural beekeeping to foraging for wild food.

We've crafted this learning experience based on our decades of teaching - to ensure you get growing.

You will be part of a Home Mushroom Cultivation class with folks from across the world - assisted by our awesome myco-mentorship team, who will guide you as you skill-up to grow...

8 weeks of learning

You will learn mushroom cultivation using low-tech, low-waste methods, with easy-to-follow videos & resources - and lifetime access to your course.

Guides & Resources

Access exclusive step-by-step guides, plans, lesson notes, recipes, and an extensive Mushroom Species Directory - created just for you.

Learning Community

A place to ask questions, swap tips, share, troubleshoot & make friends. With full mentorship from the Milkwood myco-team of friendly experts.

Live Q&As

Jump on live Q&A calls and ask Nick questions directly, or submit your queries beforehand and watch the replays in your own time.


Your pricing options...

Every option comes with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee - so it's all good.

Yay! - You have a discount code, which you can use when this course opens for bookings.


 ✔ 8 weeks of course materials

✔ Downloads & resources

✔ Live Q&A sessions

✔ Exclusive student community

✔ Lifetime access to everything

And - *2 bonus mini-courses*

✔ Mushroom log cultivation

✔ Mushroom gardens 


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✔ 8 weeks of course materials

✔ Downloads & resources

✔ Live Q&A sessions

✔ Exclusive student community

✔ Lifetime access to everything

And - *2 bonus mini-courses*

✔ Mushroom log cultivation

✔ Mushroom gardens 


 You save $48


 You save $18


All course features & bonuses


✔ 4 x 30 min one-on-one learning calls with Nick


*Mushroom book pack*

Milkwood book - autographed copy

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets



Mushroom growing techniques that work worldwide...

Yes, these techniques WILL work where you live - and if some tweaks are needed for your climate or country, we'll assist you personally, to make that happen. Here's our current student map...

What's inside your course...

We'll show you everything you need to learn: step-by-step, in non-technical language - and with effective, low-tech methods (which we've craftily tweaked and refined ourselves)... for successfully growing all the edible and medicinal mushrooms that your heart desires...

We'll start you off with an overview of the course and a tour of the online learning platform - to get you cosy, comfortable and ready to roll.

So what actually ARE fungi - biologically speaking? We'll walk you through the amazing kingdom of fungi: why they’re different from plants and how that impacts what you need to provide, to make them grow.

An introduction to our low-waste approach to bucket cultivation - accessible, permaculture-inspired techniques suited to home growers - that's you!

It's time for your first real grow. Growing on cardboard is a very accessible, low-tech way to put theory into action and actually grow some mushrooms.

Now we get into the really fun stuff - growing low-waste mushrooms in reusable buckets. This module will introduce you to the method, from start to finish, and get you growing bucketloads...

This module introduces the fruiting chamber: a series of tools that work together to give you more control over mushroom fruiting conditions. Fruiting chambers truly are excellent - they significantly improve the quality and quantity of your yield. 

You’ll get comprehensive information to design and build your own fruiting chamber - one that works best within YOUR space, budget and climate.

Now you know how to grow mushrooms, it’s time to learn when to pick them - and how to eat them too. Learn how to recognise the harvesting sweet spot between size, flavour and texture, and what to do with them all.

So, where to from here? In this module, we'll provide you with a mountain of useful resources and tips for how to take your mushroom cultivation journey further.

How to establish multiple mushroom patches - grow garden giants and other mushrooms in your garden, from start to finish

Everything you need to know about growing shiitake and a wide range of other gourmet and medicinal mushrooms on logs in your yard.

"Amazing course!! Loved every minute of it! You guys are amazing teachers and managed to create an interactive & fun way for us to learn virtually & apply in real life! Thank you."


"This is THE definitive, all-rounder mushroom course, and you can do it from home! If you're curious about the world of fungi, this is your chance to become a fun-guy or gal."


"Probably the most comprehensive course I've ever done. Mind definitely blown. I honestly don't think I'll have to seek out a resource of mushroom cultivation ever again."

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By the end of this course, you will:

  • Create a more resilient household with mushrooms growing in buckets, gardens and on logs, throughout the year - to stock your pantry and medicine cabinet.
  • Have a deepening understanding of the world of fungi - for your relationship with your ecosystem, and your home-grown mushrooms also.
  • Be making delicious and nutritious mushroom-filled meals - salts, preserves, ferments, pickles and more.
  • Be making simple medicinal mushroom preps for energy, health and wellbeing - from medicinals you grew yourself.
  • Minimising your impact as a grower, using simple, low-waste growing techniques - better for you and our planet.
  • Have the confidence to design your own growing setup for maximising your harvest, that suits your budget & climate.
  • Be saving money on both your food and wellbeing - through growing your own nutritious protein supply, and medicine, too.
  • Be part of a community of mushroom-minded folks, all cheering you on, sharing their wins - and helping you succeed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? Here's the answers you seek...

We'll give you access to new lessons and resources every week for 8 weeks, but you can take longer, if you like. You have lifetime access to all your course materials, and lifetime access to your community, too.

YES! Our course is designed to help you get started, wherever you might be in the world, with the fundamentals of low-waste, low-tech, organic Mushroom Cultivation.

If you live in an extreme climate, we can help you choose the most suitable species to grow where you are - using the techniques your will learn in this course.

The good news is - species of fungi exist in the furthest reaches of this planet... from the icy poles to the bottom of the ocean, to outer space. So there will be edible mushroom species to suit your context, wherever you live.


We recommend you set aside 1-2 hours a week to do this course, to get the most out of your learning experience.

The amount of time you spend actually 'doing the things' and cultivating mushrooms is in addition to this.

If you’d like to ‘grow along’ with us during the course, that's totally possible - we've planned the course that way, and we tell you what to get ingredients and such in readiness for the following week.

Or you might choose to complete all the lessons and start your cultivation afterwards, in your own time. That's fine too.

Not necessarily - we have many students who don't have gardens, and they focus on bucket and jar cultivation - which can be housed in your laundry, or on your balcony - with great success.

Log cultivation is also a possibility (inoculated logs need a cool and moist environment, which doesn't need to be in a garden) - if you have somewhere outside to do prepare them.


We've also had a lot of students that take this course while they're in an apartment... to use the skills at their community garden, or in readiness for having a bigger place.

Because you really can't have too many skills for household resilience, and there's always a way and a space to use those skills, once you know what to do.

The next class of our Home Mushroom Cultivation course opens for bookings on July 3, and will begin on July 17, 2023.

We recommend joining the waitlist to ensure you're notified when bookings open for a short window before the class starts.

You'll receive new lessons each week for 8 weeks, and ongoing access to your course materials.

Our course is designed to cater for all budgets and scales of home mushroom cultivation.

You will need a few things, such as food-grade buckets and spray bottles - all of this is explained in detail in the course. Most of this can be repurposed from around your house or local community.

You won't need to buy a pressure cooker or expensive lab equipment.

We recommend that you do purchase some mushroom grain spawn to get you going. (Grain spawn is the living culture of the fungi that will produce mushrooms for you.) We will point you to a range of reputable online suppliers around the world who can send you high-quality grain spawn through the post, quick smart. 

You will need to purchase a minimum of $100 worth of additional supplies - but, like any hobby, these costs can grow with your enthusiasm if you really get into it! For example, if as part of your setup, you choose to build an electronically controlled mushroom fruiting chamber to increase your yields, we'll show you how to do that with equipment that costs less than $350.

However much you choose to commit, we will show you methods that will help you grow the most health-giving, organic, homegrown mushrooms you can - in the most cost-effective way.

Lifetime access means you will be able to access this course, and all its resources, for as long as we have it available online.

Milkwood has 15+ years experience of delivering stellar education - and we're not going anywhere, anytime soon.

This is a long-haul commitment for us, and for our family business. No tricks, no fine print. We want you to have access to this knowledge for as long as you need. 

Yes, it does! All videos are fully captioned and the cations are searchable.

We'll do our best to make your course  the best experience we can. However, it just might not be for you. That’s ok! If you decide that’s the case, let us know.

Notify our team within 30 days of your purchase and we’ll refund your payment. No questions asked. At this point you should be about a third through the course.

  • You may request a refund for any reason during your first 30 days after payment.
  • You must contact us by email at [email protected] before the end of the 30th day.
  • The money-back guarantee is available on both upfront and payment plans.
  • Refunds will be provided within 5 working days (often much more quickly).
  • That’s it! No catches and no fine print. We want to let you try our course absolutely risk free – that’s how confident we are that you’ll love it!

Please note that the 30-day money-back guarantee applies for the online component of your purchase only. Books, postage or personal coaching calls that have already been supplied as part of the Fast-Forward option are non-refundable unless damaged or similar.

We've made this course for anyone who wants to get started with mushroom growing, regardless of how much or how little you might already know about fungi.

There are no prerequisites or required reading. No previous experience is necessary - we’ll walk you through the whole process, and we can answer any questions that arise.

Just bring your enthusiasm.

Nope! If you can view this page and the video on it, you can access the entire course just fine.

The course is delivered via our special course portal, web pages and email.

You can access your course hub and private community (which is not on facebook!) via any web browser on any laptop, PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone that is connected to a reasonable internet connection.

You don't need any other special applications or memberships to other platforms. You are not required to have a Facebook or Google account.

It's simple and easy.

Although we do have many past students who have gone on to create thriving small mushroom-growing businesses, this course is focused on low-waste growing in home-based situations, helping your household become more abundant & resilient.

The core concepts and techniques you will learn ARE applicable for use at a commercial scale, but there are also many other considerations, that we do not cover in this course, that you would need to take into account before investing your time and money into a successful mushroom cultivation business.  

Yes, you will! We send you a Certificate of Completion once you finish the course.

And we have a Money-Back Guarantee, if you need it...

We want this course to be the absolute best learning experience possible for you - so you walk away filled up with skills and habits to become a fungi steward at your place.

But, once you get started, if you find that the course is just not for you - that’s OK.

Just let us know within 30 days of your purchase and we’ll refund your payment. No questions asked. 

That’s it! No catches and no fine print. We want to let you try our course absolutely risk-free – that’s how confident we are that you’ll love it.

We also do discounted Fair Share rates for folks who need them, because we believe this knowledge should be accessible to everyone. If you need to access these, get in touch once you're on the waitlist by hitting 'reply' on the email we'll send you.

"Doing this course SAVED me money - it showed me lots of different methods that would not cost anywhere near as much money as I had initially allocated."


"The love and fascination Nick has for fungi is truly transmitted through his teaching. You leave the course with a new respect for mushrooms and their role in the world."


"I loved the focus on using recyclable materials and moving away from single-use plastics in my mushroom cultivation."


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