D.I.Y. Mushroom Workshop

Learn how you can grow Grey Oyster mushrooms using standard kitchen equipment

11 Dec 2013

In this workshop we've learned how to make our own straw-based substrate. We've infected this straw with oyster mushroom spawn in our cleanroom. After this workshop you have enough knowledge to repeat this procedure at home. Of course everyone took their freshly made oyster mushroom substrate bag home after the workshop.


Grow your own mushrooms workshop - Deze workshop heeft plaatsgevonden tijdens de Paddestoelen Paradijs tentoonstelling. Mensen hebben stap voor stap geleerd hoe ze zelf thuis paddestoelen kunnen kweken. Deze foto is genomen in de cleanroom, een speciale steriele ruimte waar de kans op besmetting met andere schimmels en bacteriën minimaal is. Govert de Jong


We start with sterilising the straw. By cooking the straw in a pressure cooker you instantly get rid off the existing mold and fungus spores that are often naturally present in the straw. We cook the straw for half an hour and then we let it cool down till it's approximately 25 degrees celsius. Then we start with the grafting process by mixing in the spores with our hand. After that we grab a filter bag, put the mixture in and seal the bag. When you come home, make sure to put the bag in a dark and warm place (28 degrees celsius) and wait a couple of weeks until the straw is fully colonised by the mycelium. Instructions on how to proceed once you get home will be given at the workshop.

Mediamatic Bio Industry

This event is the first in a series of events that are part of the project ‘Mediamatic Bio Industry’. For this project Mediamatic has launched a broad techno-cultural lab to explore the possibilities of fungal and other bio-based materials for design, science and art. Scientist, artists, designers, architects, and the public, will together investigate how to make use of the promising characteristics of mycelium – the plastic of the 21st century.

Information and cost

The workshop takes place at the Mediamatic Fabriek (VOC-kade 10, Amsterdam) on the 11th of december from 19:00 to 21.30. The workshop will be given in English. Participation costs € 25 and you can use this page to buy a ticket. For questions, please contact Rosalie Peeperkorn. Read our conditions for workshops here.

Mediamatic Bio Industry is made possible by the DOEN foundation en the Mondriaan Fund.