Mycology: Mushroom Inoculation Class

Location: Treasure Lake, 2590 Lawrenceburg Ferry Road, Petersburg, KY

Facilitators: Romain Picasso and Doug Crouch

Date: April 18th, 2020, Saturday 9:30-5:00

Day Cost:

  • $60 by April 1st
  • $65 until April 17th

Includes the following:

  •  catered lunch, organic, fresh and lots of local foods

Ticket Purchase: Click Here

Camping is allowed for a small separate fee

Class Description

Mycology and mushroom inoculation can be daunting. Education can cure overwhelm! This course will go through the many steps, both hands-on and theoretically.  First we must learn the basics of mycology and how this translates to mushroom inoculation.  We will continue our ecology studies and active forest enhancement series by identifying trees that are needing to be cut.  We will have a demonstration of tree felling so you can get comfortable with sourcing one of the raw materials for the inoculation; logs. From there we will get hands on by dividing the group into two and having two different tasks, which will be repeated so each group gets to do both log inoculation and wine cap woodchip bed inoculation. The theory in the morning will be an indoor lecture and also viewing existing systems that will be expanding this late winter/ early spring here at Treasure Lake.  See the schedule below for of a more detailed look at how the day will flow.

  • 9:30am – 11:00 Introduction to Mushroom Life Cycle & Growing basics
  • 11:00- 11:15 break
  • 11:15 – 12 pm – Tour of existing mushroom logs and beds
  • 12:00 pm – 1 pm Lunch break
  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 Site planning & tree identification
  • 1: 30 pm – 2:00 Tree felling demonstration
  • 2:00pm – 4:45 pm Hands-on mushroom cultivation
  • 3:15pm – Refreshments
  • 4:45pm – 5:00 Wrap up, reflection on the day, Q&A


Romain Picasso

Romain is the sole proprietor of Groundhog In A Tree, a Cincinnati based company aiming to spread information on mycology and organic farming. Groundhog In A Tree offers custom woodwork, landscape designs and consulting on farming and mycology. He works directly with Annie Woods, owner and head farmer of Dark Wood Farm located at Treasure Lake, in Petersburg, KY.
Originally from France, Romain comes from a family of mushroom foragers, yet it is not until his introduction to Paul Stamets’ work that he decides to dive in the cultivation of mushrooms. Romain’s interest in mycology has evolved from mushroom propagation to ecosystem restoration. He has, for the past 15 years, provided workshops in multiple states and currently offers his experience to the Kentucky cooperative extension program.
For more information:
Mobile: (513) 830 4737

Doug Crouch

Trained as both a Permaculture Designer and Fish and Wildlife Manager, Doug has extensive knowledge surrounding landscape planning and food production systems. This regenerative design and implementation work spans the globe ranging in contexts and climates including tropical agro-forestry, Mediterranean organic gardening, and temperate suburban edible landscaping. To facilitate this work he founded TreeYo Permaculture thus building off his other formal training in small business management. Incorporating this knowledge and experience into sustainability educational programming has now become Doug’s main focus as he continues his ecological design and holistic development at Treasure Lake.

Host Site:

Treasure Lake

Treasure lake is local small business focused on recreation and education in nature which been in the Crouch family since 1983.  It’s a wonderfully scenic place hidden in the hills of the Northwestern Corner of Northern Kentucky and Boone County only 22 miles from downtown Cincinnati.  We have been hard at work developing the broad acre forest for bio-diversity and wild food abundance for nearly 20 years through active forest enhancement techniques pioneered by Doug.   Furthermore, the following Permaculture elements and functions that can be experienced are:

  • Non Timber forest product development including a focus on wildlife management
  • Extensive Native Food Forest complimented with Tree Crops and specific management techniques to enhance this
  • Hot & Cold Composting (Vermiculture) systems for boosting soil life, picking up on waste streams, and cycling nutrients
  • Tree Crop and mushroom production for further food resilience
  • Event and Festival hosting to create a cultural gathering point for many points of culture
  • Community Building through energy cycling and regenerative education


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