SporeShift Mushrooms NZ is a small scale organic mushroom farm in North Canterbury supplying a variety of high quality, gourmet mushrooms to local restaurants, markets and shops. Established by a young couple, Taylor and Susan, in 2018 in an effort to build a business that is environmentally sustainable and matches our eco-friendly lifestyle.
We provide our local community with fresh gourmet mushrooms and growing supplies free from chemicals fertilizers, GMO's and harmful additives. We use upcycled agricultural 'waste' from our local organic wheat farm, Milmore Downs in Greta Valley, as well as used organic coffee grinds from local cafe's throughout Christchurch. We aim to keep our environmental impact positive, sourcing any substrates from local sustainable sources if possible... know your farmer's farmer!
We are passionate about sharing the knowledge and autonomy of growing your own nutrient dense mushrooms at home or in the garden. Offering a range of grow kits, growing supplies and equipment for even the most novice of mushroom growers! While fully supporting local growers and other small scale farms throughout the country, we feel that there is a shift in awareness gearing toward the importance of local, community driven supply chains and growing your own nutrient dense produce.
Fresh, organic mushrooms can easily be incorporated to your home garden and can even be grown indoors in urban environments on a variety of substrates. Check out our blog for further info about growing mushrooms at home or in your community!
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MUSHROOM SPAWN AND CULTURES
We sell cultures, spawn, and dowels for growing your own mushrooms.
NZ Native Shiitake
NZ Native Oyster
...AND GROW SUPPLIES
Other items we offer for growing your own gourmet mushrooms..
-Filter Patch Bags
-Digital Humidity Sensors
-Sterile Syringe & Needles
-Sterile Petri Dishes
-Laminar Flow Hoods
-Sterilized Organic Grain
-Organic Wheat Bran
GROW YOUR OWN KITS
Mini Mushroom Farm Oyster Boxes: Comes with simple instructions. No hassle, minimal watering. Good for indoor growing while taking up little space. After use, the entire setup can be composted.
Ready to Fruit Oyster and Shiitake Blocks: More advanced, comes with inoculated, locally sourced, sawdust substrate and instructions for ideal fruiting environment, etc. More bountiful yields than mini grow boxes.
5 Step Oyster Mushroom Grow Kits: Comes with instructions. The perfect kit for beginners who want to graduate to bigger gourmet mushroom growing projects. Designed to show the process of growing from spawn on substrate.
Inoculated Logs: Grown outdoors just off the ground in a shady spot. Takes up to a year to fully colonize and will last for a few years. Should fruit in spring and autumn when the temperature and humidity are ideal.
Outdoor Mushroom Patches: Ideally grown on wood chip in the garden. Tolerates sunlight, good for soil health and promotes plant growth. Produces mushrooms from spring to autumn once established.
DIY Mushroom Logs: Dowels inoculated with a variety of mushroom cultures for you to plug into logs that are locally sourced from your area. Easy DIY project, comes with instructions and soy wax for sealing.
SHIPPING & GUARANTEE
We ship all over New Zealand.
Shipping will be calculated with your order!
If there are any issues with your grow kits, mini mushroom farms, or mushroom blocks please contact us for troubleshooting. In most cases, we will be able to help sort out the issue. If not, we will replace your order, guaranteed.
GROW MUSHROOMS ON LOGS
Should be fresh with no rot
Introduce desired fungi type ASAP and within 3 months of cutting the log
Keep logs clean and off the ground
Keep bark intact
Deciduous species are best, softer poplar may be better for oysters
1 inch of log diameter = 1 year of mushroom growth
The larger the log the longer it will take the fungi to colonize and fruit
Drill holes with a 9.5mm drill bit about 32-35 mm deep
Start drilling holes 55mm from edge of the log
Space holes 4-6 inches apart
The next row should be 2-4 inches away from the first
Drill holes intermittently to the previous row to form a diamond pattern
SOAKING AND UPKEEP
After plugging the log with dowels cover them with food grade wax
Immediately after soak the log for 12-24 hours, unless the log was cut within the last 10 day
Do not soak the log longer than 24 hours
You do not need to soak the log during the colonization period
Water once every two weeks or so
The log will take anywhere from four months to two years to colonize depending on size, mushroom, wood species, environment, etc.
The ends of the logs will turn white once it is completely colonized.
You can force fruiting by soaking the log for 24 hours
Mycoremediation is a term coined by mycologist Paul Stamets that describes the use of mycelium for bioremediation. Specific mushroom mycelium is used to remediate contaminated waterways and soils. Different species of fungi have been proven to sequester and remove toxins from their surrounding environments. This includes heavy metals, harmful bacteria from run-off and even radioactive hazardous waste and oil spills.
These methods are low-tech and highly affordable. We produce many varieties of spawn that have been previously applied to bioremediation projects around the world. Contact us to find out how to start remediating soil and waterways on your property via fungi!