If you live in the New York City area and love to garden, I highly recommend getting a yearly membership at the Horticultural Society of New York. Seriously. Do it now. I bought my membership this year, and to date, I've taken already 4 gardening related classes and each one has been amazing! A wealth of knowledge from experts in the field. This class was taught by Ari Rockland-Miller who writes about all things mushrooms on this site, The Mushroom Forager. The first part of the class was a powerpoint presentation where Ari described the different types of mushrooms and how to forage for them. What to look for, when to look for them, what they taste like, and how to store them. He gave us tips about what to look for when identifying mushrooms and which ones you should stay away from because they can be deadly. Mushroom foraging is difficult for the newbie, there are many varieties of mushrooms that look like an edible type, therefore you have to be careful with identifying funghi since there are many toxic ones. Ari went over a few of the easy identifiable ones like the Morel, Porcini and Chicken of the Woods. If you find a Morel or Porcini he says, then you've hit the jackpot.
After the lecture, it was our turn to learn hands-on how to inoculate logs with Shitake mushroom spores.
and then put it over a hole in the log and press the button on top of the tool and this pushes the spores into the hole.