Easy mushroom growing workshop for beginners

Growing Mushrooms at Home

Easy low tech methods for oyster mushroom growing

Over 10 people have attended this class


Are you curious about how to grow mushrooms? Do you love the freshness and quality of homegrown food? 

Let us help you demystify the process and grow delicious oyster mushrooms from your own home.

Mushrooms are often overlooked as a potential homegrown food. Costly 'Grow your own kits’ perpetuate a myth that cultivating mushrooms requires expensive infrastructure, specialized technical skills, and multiple resources beyond what already exists in your home. We will show you that growing mushrooms can be easy, and can be done without huge expense.

This hands-on, beginners workshop will cover basic oyster mushroom growing. It is a skill sharing 'tips and tricks' lesson from an experienced commercial mushroom grower who started growing very basically at home in a small space with no technical equipment in the inner city. 

We will share a local source of substrate, grain spawn & identify material sources for small scale growers and offer ongoing support to students.

With a strong focus on EASY & LOCAL DIY (do-it-yourself) AND ZERO WASTE growing methods these workshops will be run by our head mushroom farmer and take place at Sporadical City Mushrooms Urban Farm in Alphington, Melbourne. 

No prior knowledge or equipment required. 

All participants will take home

  • their own mushroom growing kit that they prepare themselves during the workshop (valued at $40)
  • the materials and instructions they need to prepare a kit at home  i.e (repurposed plastic bucket & lid, oyster mushroom grain spawn, enough straw for a grow kit, a bag for pasturising staw, small bottle of isopropyl alchohol for sterilisation and water straw bottle  - valued at $60)
  • detailed digital instructions and information resources covering everything in the class plus directions to great resources and mushroom growing networks
  • a better understanding and confidence for growing mushrooms at home and a connection to other Melbourne growers.

Classes are kept small for greater learning so if the class is full pop your name on our waitlist and so we can schedule more.

Children under the age of 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Check out the Sporadical City Mushrooms website, or follow us on social media for more advanced workshops and collaborative skill sharing events for people of all ages.

About your Teacher:

Julia has many years of experience both as a farmer and working to support the farming community in Australia and worldwide. She is an experienced educator having taught at informal workshops, international conferences and has delivered programs in urban agriculture and food system studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Julia enjoys supporting others in growing their own food by sharing her skills and experience and understanding of healthy foods ecologies. In 2018 she established Sporadical City Mushrooms in the small rental on Swanston St in downtown Melbourne, moving to upscale her business in Alphington in 2020 where she continues to produce seasonal gourmet mushrooms for restaurants, households, and farmers markets.

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What you will learn

  • This hands-on, beginners workshop will cover all you need to know for easy DIY oyster mushroom growing.

What you will get

  • Workshops include a Sporadical City Mushrooms farm tour and a hands on lesson all they need to start cultivating oyster mushrooms at home. We will do our best to answer any questions you might have and will also share a local source for substrate, grain spawn & identify other useful resources for small scale growers and offer ongoing support to students.
Parking Info

Parking available at the entrance to the Melbourne Innovation Centre or across the road at the Alphington train station.

Easily accessible by bike, train or bus too

What to bring

  • Just bring yourselves :-)

What to wear

Please wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather on the day. Classes are outside undercover.

Appropriate for

Ages about 8 and up. Children under the age of 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Sporadical City Mushrooms

(26 Reviews)

Sporadical City Mushrooms is a small urban farm in Melbourne where we grow delicious seasonal mushrooms for our local community, markets & restaurants. Guided by our zero waste ethic we have grown from a small backyard business to building our farm at Alphington. We also teach mushroom growing workshops for indoor, garden or mushroom log cultivation and give farm tours to share our DIY methods and help get more people growing. If you would like to organise a workshop get in touch or keep an eye out for our up coming workshops.

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5.0 (8 reviews)
Jenniferrated it
16 Oct 2022Growing Mushrooms at Home
Fantastic workshop with many layers of information and a great guided hands on experience. Everyone left the farm smiling and full of enthusiasm.
Annerated it
15 Oct 2022
If you are keen to establish your own mushroom supply, then this is the course for you! I learnt so much in the couple of hours and receiving the starter kit can allow me to gain confidence in trying this out fir myself.
Dannyrated it
19 Jun 2022
Extremely informative and hands on, highly recommend for anyone looking at starting down this path.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 5 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 2 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 2 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Sporadical City Mushrooms or organised by Sporadical City Mushrooms must agree to these terms and conditions.


I (the participants) agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Sporadical City Mushrooms


Unless I, (the participant) advise Sporadical City Mushrooms to the contrary I agree to give Sporadical City Mushrooms unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Sporadical City Mushrooms  classes and events or on Sporadical City Mushrooms premises. If I(For use of Sporadical City Mushrooms marketing materials).

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