Home Mushroom Cultivation

A self-paced, online course to get you growing incredible amounts of delicious and medicinal mushrooms, wherever you live - using organic, low-waste techniques.

Ready to learn sustainable, low-cost skills for cultivating mountains of mushrooms to eat and share, all while learning from home?

Our Home Mushroom Cultivation course is designed especially for folks like you - who want to grow fungi for food and fun, and get it right the first time, supported live by a crew of experts.

Sound good? Our next class opens for bookings on 24th January - your course will start on 7th February.

This course opens just a few times a year, so jump on the waitlist and we'll let you know first, so you don't miss out - we can’t wait to get you growing!

Add your details below to join our waitlist, and we'll let you know when bookings for the next class are open...

Our Home Mushroom Cultivation course is your pathway to a lifetime of growing all kinds of delicious mushrooms, at your place...


By the end of this self-paced, super comprehensive, easy-to-follow online course, you'll be growing enough mushrooms to fill your belly, feed your family and share with your friends - and you’ll know all about the fascinating world of fungi, too.

 

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Mushroom growing made easy - with DIY tech, low-waste, and high success...

In this Home Mushroom Cultivation online course, you'll master a mix of practical, doable ways to grow mushrooms, while also learning all about the rich world of fungi - giving you an excellent foundation in DIY, organic, home-scale mushroom cultivation.

This mix of theory and practical skills will allow you to create a mushroom growing setup that's just right for YOU - for your climate, your budget and your space.

This course is a fully supported student experience. Our goal is to enable you to succeed in growing stacks of mushrooms, and we won't stop assisting you, until you get there.

Your lessons are delivered via high-quality videos, downloadable guides and worksheets, live Q&As, and community discussion. Every question you ask will be answered. Yep, every single one. You can take this course on any device with an internet browser, wherever in the world you are.

Ready to dive in and start growing your own mushrooms?


You might be:

⇒ A keen gardener and food grower who’s always wanted to add mushrooms to the menu, but you’re not sure where to start.

An apartment dweller who wants to grow *something* but has no space for a big veggie patch - you've heard mushrooms could be a good option - nutritious and easy!

⇒ A mushroom lover who adores eating and cooking fungi, but you've not had much luck growing your own yet - you know you need some expert guidance and support.

⇒ A beginner mushroom grower hungry for more - you’ve dabbled in mushroom cultivation (maybe without much success?) and you want it to WORK this time - you’re ready to learn rock-solid techniques for successful growing, plus access great support for as long as you need it...

Any of these sound like you? Well, our Home Mushroom Cultivation course might be just right for you.

Inside our Home Mushroom Cultivation course...

This is a self-paced, interactive online course, not just a bunch of videos. You will be part of a class and a community - assisted by our stellar mentorship team, who will guide you as you learn...

40+ Lessons

Learn how to successfully grow mushrooms the low-waste Milkwood way, with a mix of easy-to-follow videos and resources. Work through it all at your own pace.

Resources

Alongside each lesson, you get instructional diagrams, troubleshooting guides, recipes, and an extensive Species Directory - only available within this course.

Live Q&As

You can join regular live Q&As with Nick Ritar, or ask Qs beforehand and watch the replays in your own time - plus access all the resources mentioned each time.

 

Community

A private community of beginner mushroom growers - swap tips, make friends and share! Every question you ask in here will be answered by a friendly expert. 

By the end of this 8-week course, you will:

 

  • Be growing mushrooms in buckets, gardens and on logs, too. We’ll teach you to cultivate a range of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, to stock both your pantry and medicine cabinet full of goodness.
  • Deeply understand the world of fungi - what mushrooms are, how they grow, what they need from you, how they might be used to help our environment in the future, and why they are so incredible.
  • Be making delicious and nutritious mushroomy meals - salts, preserves, pickles and more - with plenty to share with your friends, too.
  • Understand how permaculture principles can apply to fungi, helping you successfully grow a phenomenal mushroom harvest using simple, low-waste solutions - better for you and our planet.
  • Have the confidence to design your own solutions for growing mushrooms - solutions that suit YOU, your budget, your climate, your spaces.
  • Have the best of resources at your fingertips to keep growing and learning, including recipes, diagrams and our special student-only online Mushroom Species Directory.
  • Be welcomed into a community of like-minded people, all cheering you on, sharing their own wins, challenges, experiments and new discoveries - helping you succeed. 


Join us for 8 weeks of lessons and an open-ended amount of inspirational learning and personal mentorship (you can take as long as you like to move through it all, and ask questions whenever you like) - and get ready to grow mountains of mushrooms at your place.

 

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Your mushroom cultivation teachers

More than two decades of experience, stewarding 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 has taught 1000+ 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 best-selling books Milkwood: Real Skills for Down-to-Earth Living and Easy Peasy - Gardening for Kids. Kirsten is also known for her permaculture advocacy and workshops in permaculture skills - from fermenting to natural beekeeping to foraging for wild food.

"I loved the focus on using recyclable materials and moving away from single-use plastics, which appear to be endemic in mushroom cultivation. "

Jennifer, Australia
Mushroom Cultivation student

"I came with many questions and each one was answered. I have never done a course that was as interesting. Nick is a fabulous presenter."

Rose, Australia
Mushroom Cultivation student

"Nick's knowledge on the subject is impressive. He delivers the material thoughtfully and in a way that is easily digestible and genuinely fascinating. "

Lou, Australia
Mushroom Cultivation student

Here's our course pricing options...

Choose whichever option suits you best, for where you're at right now. All our options come with a no worries, 30-Day Money Back Guarantee - so it's all good.

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THREE MONTHLY PAYMENTS

 ✔ 8 weeks of course materials

✔ Downloads & resources

✔ Live Q&A sessions

✔ Exclusive student community

✔ Lifetime access to everything

*Two bonus mini-courses*

✔ Mushroom log cultivation

✔ Mushroom gardens 

 

3 monthly payments of

AU$129

3 monthly payments of

US$89

ONE-TIME PAYMENT

✔ 8 weeks of course materials

✔ Downloads & resources

✔ Live Q&A sessions

✔ Exclusive student community

✔ Lifetime access to everything

*Two bonus mini-courses*

✔ Mushroom log cultivation

✔ Mushroom gardens 

AU$349

 You save $38

US$249

 You save $18

FAST FORWARD OPTION

All course features

PLUS:

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

PLUS:

*Mushroom book pack*

Milkwood book - autographed copy

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets

AU$989

or 3 monthly payments of $369

US$729

or 3 monthly payments of $269

What our students say...

“WOW! The Milkwood Mushroom Cultivation course was probably the most comprehensive course I've ever done. Mind definitely blown. I honestly don't think I'll ever have to seek out a resource of mushroom cultivation ever again. It was a quality course and I highly recommend it."

— Simone, Australia

“As a newbie to mushroom cultivation looking for some direction, I found Milkwood's course the perfect fit. Nick provided a concise, engaging and accessible background on mycology, and mixed this up with his experience of mushroom cultivation, tips and tricks, and hands-on demonstrations."

— Jennifer, Australia

"This course has so much great information for anyone wanting to grow mushrooms at home or even to scale up to a small business. Nick emphasises sustainable and earth-first practices. You come away feeling inspired, excited, and a little nervous about how obsessed you've become."

— Emmy, Australia

"For someone who didn't know a lot about mushroom cultivation, Nick's course was a revelation to me. I'm now confident with all hands-on aspects of mushroom cultivation and very excited about getting my home-based mushroom farm for family consumption up and going. 10/10."

— Jennie, Australia

I’ve been researching mushroom cultivation by myself for the last couple of years. Doing the Milkwood course flipped everything from being overwhelming to really easily achievable. I feel way more confident. I'd recommend this course to anyone getting bogged down in the theory."

— Ashlee, Australia

"The course is a mix of science (fascinating) and practical application. I now have a roadmap for how to grow fungi and I'm in the process of setting up to grow small scale for family and friends.  If people are interested in the wondrous world of fungi, this course is for them."

— Jacqui, Australia

Study with us from anywhere in the world

Our Home Mushroom Cultivation students live on almost every continent across our planet. Because yes, you can grow mushrooms *anywhere*.

Here's exactly what you'll learn

Our Home Mushroom Cultivation is crafted to be unlike any other mushroom growing course available. Created by acclaimed educators, thinkers and doers - to ensure that by the end of this experience, you're where you want to be...

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.

That’s right - you get a free bonus mini-course teaching you how to grow King Stropharia mushrooms in your garden!

Yep, a second free bonus mini-course, this time covering everything you need to know about growing shiitake mushrooms on logs in your yard.

When you enroll, you get:

  • 10 detailed modules and 40+ lessons, delivered via high-quality videos, recordings and downloads.
  • Step-by-step practical instructions, plus easy-to-understand theory behind each action.
  • Everything you need to know to source high-quality mushroom spawn, wherever you live, so you can get growing, as you learn.
  • Full confidence to design your own set-up for growing mushrooms at your place.
  • Live and ongoing support, throughout the course.
  • Unique and exclusive downloads, recipes, equipment lists, instructions and resources.
  • An exclusive Mushroom Species Directory with detailed information for growing a wide range of mushrooms.
  • A community of students on the same path.
  • TWO bonus mini-courses - How to Grow Mushrooms in Your Garden and How to Grow Shittake on Logs. 


You’ll be given 
access to one set of lessons per week, so you have time to dive into the learning and ponder each action before moving on to the next.

And don’t worry if you get behind (we know how life can be) - the course is self-paced so you can pick back up and continue as you need.

Plus TWO free bonus Mini-Courses, to teach you extra growing techniques

As soon you complete the main course, we’ll sneak two special bonus extra courses into your online hub:

  1. How to Grow Mushrooms on Logs.
  2. How to Grow Mushrooms in Your Garden.

These comprehensive short courses will get you growing King Stropharia mushrooms in your garden and Shiitake mushrooms on logs in your yard. Yum!

And yes, you'll have lifetime access to these Mini-Courses also, and the full support of our student community and Milkwood crew.

I’m ready - add me to the waitlist »

And we have a 30-day Money-Back Guarantee, if you need it...


We want our Home Mushroom Cultivation course to be the absolute best 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.

"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."

GA, Australia
Mushroom Cultivation student

"The course was well designed for the diverse range of participants. I left with confidence that I understood the principles of mushroom cultivation, and could apply them."

Kate, Australia
Mushroom Cultivation student

"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."

Enmy, Australia
Mushroom Cultivation student

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Our Home Mushroom Cultivation course has several price options, plus payment plans as well - you can find full details of the prices here.

The next class of our Home Mushroom Cultivation course opens for bookings on January 24th, and will begin on February 7th, 2022.

You'll receive new lessons each week for 8 weeks, but how long you take to do it all is completely up to you. This course allows for a self-paced journey - we don't want to you rush anything, or feel 'behind'. We're there for you all the way, no matter how long you take!

We've found that our students get the most out of their experience if they move through the course with a group of peers.

For this reason, you'll receive a weekly package of lessons to work through, each week for 8 weeks.

You can see the full curriculum rundown here.

We recommend you set aside 1-2 hours a week to do this course - 1 hour for viewing course content, and 30 minutes to an hour for sourcing supplies and getting set up for the different mushroom grows.

Each week you'll get access to roughly 5 new video lessons. These range in length from 5 minutes to 20 minutes.

On top of that, there is additional reading and worksheets which will take you less than an hour to read through and absorb, plus interacting with the student community and plus Q&A webinars, some weeks.

You can complete each lesson at any time that's convenient to you. Five minutes at a time, or all in one hit.

Then, there's your sourcing grow equipment and monitoring your grow. It’s up to you if you’d like to ‘grow along’ with us during the course. If you do, some weeks you might need a couple hours one day to start a new batch or set up your fruiting chamber. Other weeks it will be a few seconds to peek at how the grow is going and make sure everything’s all good.

Or you might choose to complete all the lessons and start your grow afterwards, in your own time. Up to you!

YES! Species of fungi exist in the furthest reaches of this planet: from the icy poles to the bottom of the ocean, to outer space. If you’re living in extreme climates, we can help point you in the direction of the most suitable species to grow. But really, but anyone can grow oyster mushrooms in buckets.

Our course is designed to help you get started, wherever you might be in the world.

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.

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.) When the time comes 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.

Yes. Bucket grows can be done largely indoors and take up very little space. We regularly point out options for designing your grow set-up in ways that might work better for small spaces, as well as options for those with a little more room.

Nope! For a couple of weeks they’ll be happiest somewhere a bit darker, but they’ll be fine (and perfectly safe) in a cupboard or even under your sofa. We’ll help you identify the best spaces at your place to grow mushrooms, and we promise, you don’t need to start digging a cave. 

Yes - we hold a live Q&A session during the course, where you can ask us questions and get detailed responses (and yes, it's recorded and you can submit your questions beforehand, if you can’t make the live session).

We also have a team of skilled mushroom growers who hop into our student community daily, to answer your questions almost as quickly as you can ask them!

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.

Everybody who joins the course will be able to ask questions in the comments section in each lesson, and get answered by our team.

You'll also get access to our exclusive student community & our live Q&A.

So, once you're inside the course, you have access to Kirsten or Nick in the live student Q&As- where you'll be able to ask anything you like and get all your questions answered. 

You will also have the opportunity to submit your questions beforehand - and if you can't make the live stream, you can watch the recording in your own time afterward.

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

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. 

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 content (and private community) 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.

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.

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

You will also be invited to join our Alumni crew on LinkedIn, if you wish.

"I really want to grow mushrooms, but..." - sound familiar?

But ... my apartment is too small ... I don't have enough time ... I don't have a backyard ... I might get it wrong ... I don't know where to begin ... I tried before and nothing happened ...


We know for sure that you can do this. Because we’ve been teaching mushroom cultivation to happy students for over 10 years.

We know exactly how to take you from absolute beginner to someone who grows gourmet mushrooms at home on the regular, no big deal.

Get ready for buckets of oyster mushrooms on your back step, gardens of delicious winecap mushrooms in tubs, and shiitake mushroom logs fruiting around the back, under your laundry window.

You can learn new skills to increase your resilience, grow a huge range of mushrooms and be a powerful part of change for our planet.

We deeply believe this Home Mushroom Cultivation course (backed by our 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee) is right for you if you’re motivated by any of the following:

  • You want to grow your own nutrient-dense food in your home and for your community.
  • You're keen to learn tried-and-tested techniques for cultivating a serious swag of mushrooms.
  • You're concerned about waste in the commercial mushroom industry and want to avoid single-use plastics when growing mushrooms.
  • You need help figuring out which growing set-up is right for your unique set of circumstances.
  • You’d love to be cheered on by your private online mushroom community.

If you take up this opportunity, we will show you how to grow mushrooms using our favourite, most successful techniques. Whatever your context, together we can make it work.

Are you ready to get growing?

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