One Day Mushroom Growing Course @ GroCycle Mushroom Farm


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* All Courses Cancelled Until Further Notice Due To Covid-19 - in the meantime, check Out Our Online Training *

Come to our farm for the day and learn how to grow mushrooms with our popular 1 day mushroom growing courses.

You'll take a short tour of our farm and then do some practical sessions inoculating some bags of substrate and logs. 

You'll also learn the basics of mushroom cultivation theory and take home with you:

  • An inoculated bag of straw ready to finish growing Oyster mushrooms at home with
  • A tray of ​low tech stem-butt mushroom spawn that you'll make on the day
  • An inoculated oak log ready to finish growing Shiitake mushrooms at home with
  • A printed guide to growing mushrooms covering everything we learn on the day
The course is designed for complete beginners and will equip you with the knowledge and skills to grow your own mushrooms at home on a small scale.

​Come and enjoy a fun​ and relaxed day with us here at GroCycle Mushroom Farm.

What You Will Learn

The course includes a mixed learning style, incorporating some theory lessons, alongside a larger proportion of practical hands-on sessions.

​You will learn:

  1. The fundamentals of mushroom biology & cultivation
  2. ​The key aspects of 'Low-Tech' mushroom cultivation
  3. A ​tour of our mushroom farm
  4. How to grow Oyster mushrooms on straw ​and coffee grounds
  5. How To grow Shiitake mushrooms on logs
  6. How to cultivate your own low-tech mushroom spawn from the stems of freshly harvested Oyster mushrooms

Course Instructors

You will be taught by the team that runs GroCycle Mushroom farm:

Lucca (left), Michiel (centre) & Ross (right)

Our amazing team has a lot of experience in mushroom cultivation and in education ​and teaching​ workshops.

​You'll find us friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers, ready to pass on our skills and experience to you.

​Our farm has pioneered low-tech and simple ways to grow mushrooms and this approach is behind everything that you will learn.

​The workshop program has been designed and developed also by Adam & Eric who run GroCycle, and incorporates all the learning and knowledge from more than a decade of mushroom growing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What course dates are available?

We currently have a series of dates running this spring 2020 during March - May. Please check the calendar option at the top of this page and look for the dark blue boxes to see which dates have spaces available.

What do I need to bring?

  • A packed lunch (we will provide tea/coffee/biscuits but do bring something to eat at lunchtime)
  • Some warm clothes if it's cold/wet (we'll be undercover, but outside for much of the day)
  • An electric drill if you have one (to help with drilling into the logs - no problem if you don't have one as we have some here as well)

What time do the courses run?

All course run from 10am - 4pm. You are welcome to arrive from 9.45am onwards for tea/coffee etc.

How many people are on your courses?

There are 2 course instructors and a maximum of 15 places for each workshop.

Where is the course location?

We are based at Unit 8 Old School Farm, Dartington Estate, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EB

See this link to google maps

Do you offer discounted places for people in receipt of benefits?

We are currently developing a program that will enable us to offer subsidised places for those in receipt of benefits.

Please drop us an email to if you'd like us to let you know as soon as this is up and running.

Will we cover anything to do with setting up a mushroom business?

No. This workshop is designed to teach the basics of how to grow mushrooms for home scale cultivation and the focus is on learning practical techniques.

If you're interested in learning how to set up a small scale mushroom farm either as a part or full-time business, then we recommend taking either our Low Tech Mushroom Farming or Grow Kits Masterclass online courses (see here for more info).

Is it possible to swap course dates or cancel?

Yes, you can cancel or reschedule if you notify us 7 days or more before the course date that you have booked for. See this page for full info.

Do you offer gift vouchers?

Although we currently don't have a gift cards system in place, you can simply book a place on the course and then contact us to say that it is for a gift and someone else will be attending.