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Last week a group of us congregated at the barn to innoculate logs with shiitake mushroom spores. We plugged thirty logs, half with a cool season variety and half with a warm season variety. Given the proper temperature and moisture, these logs can produce for up to eight years!

step one- drilling an even grid of holes in the logs

step two-inserting  dowels inoculated with shiitake spores into the holes

step three- covering the plugs with wax to seal in moisture and seal out contaminants
Now they sit in a cool, shady spot. We wait while the mycelium gradually colonizes the log. Though they'll likely not begin fruiting until next season, folks are welcome to check out the mushroom yard. It's located in the back near this season's pigs.

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