Removing part or all of a tree generates a good amount of debris in the form of wood chips or logs. Most tree care companies offer free wood chip deliveries and utilize the hardwood logs for firewood. While Ursa Minor does both these things, we are convinced that there are more innovative ways to utilize our waste. In 2021, we began experimenting with several forms of mushroom inoculation, focusing on wood that's typically deemed less desirable such as box elder, conifers, and willow. As it turns out, these are all great candidates for growing edible mushrooms. We regularly enjoy a small harvest from our collection of inoculated logs and wood chip beds.
In winter of 2022/2023, we will begin working on indoor mushroom production utilizing Ursa Minor wood chips and logs.
We'd love to help you get this project going. Watching for a flush and harvesting the mushrooms is a fun activity for everyone. We can discuss several options that will work in most yards.
It's our hope that by spring of 2023, we will be able to offer some sort of a mushroom CSA. We are still working out the details and fine-tuning the growing process. If you'd like to be on a list to purchase some locally grown gourmet mushrooms, let us know!