mushroom starter kits or spore sources

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by steelchef, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. steelchef

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    I'm looking for a place to order a starter kit or spore that I can experiment with. Newly retired, I need something different than tomatoes, potatoes etc to diversify into.
    Any and all info gratefully accepted.
     
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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    There are lots of Web sites that offer kits for growing several types of mushrooms, although I haven't tried any of them. Just Google "mushroom kits canada". From what I've read, the most reliable ones are the Oyster mushroom kits.
     
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    My dad ordered shiitake plugs from fungi.com. Shipped to Canada no problem.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I was rather looking for local, (BC) solutions or personal referrals. I'm a bit leary when purchasing online. Some nut trees I ordered a while back did not survive and I was told, 'too bad, you must have done something wrong.' It was only $100 but why take the risk if a positive reference is available.
     
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    Frog Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi Steelchef,

    I know, through the Vancouver Mycological Society, three local small businesses which supply spawn/kits/related supplies and info.
    I'm not connected with any of them commercially, so I think it is OK if I post this information in this forum:

    Bill Chalmers - Western Biologicals
    Scott Henderson
    Dylan Stan - Backyard Bounty Collective

    In my experience they are all good people, responsible providers of spawn & info, all genuinely stoked about mushrooms.

    cheers,
    frog
     
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    Hey frog!

    I've tried Western Biological but their published email address is no longer valid. I've now sent inquiries to Scott and Dylan and am awaiting their replies.
    I really appreciate the info. Hopefully it will provide a solution to getting a start in this fascinating field.
     

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