Growing mushrooms is becoming more and more popular in our area. Shiitake mushroom production was the subject of a workshop on Thursday at Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston. West Virginia State University sponsored the event.
WVSU officials said this type of mushroom is easy to grow in your own backyard and even has health benefits. "Mushroom production is becoming more and more popular as people see the health benefits of mushrooms, as well as the variety of mushrooms that can be produced," said WVSU Extension Agent Brad Cochran in a news release. "Shiitake is a well-known and delicious variety that is easy to grow in your own backyard."
The hands-on workshop showed people in the area how to grow them at their own homes. The workshop also went over which types of mushrooms are easiest to grow in your own backyard. "If you go outside in the wild and you're going to pick your own mushrooms, a lot of times people don't know if it's edible or if it's poisonous, nobody knows," said Cochran. "But if you grow your own mushrooms, you know exactly what you're eating, you know its healthy and you know it's not going to kill you."