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Myco Meetups: Every 2nd Friday of the month

The Myco Hacklab Finland is getting organised! We will now host Myco Meetups every second Friday of the month. Myco Meetup #6 will be on 8.9 from 18:00 onwards, at Helsieni Headquarters. Sometimes we also have a workshop before the meetup, for instance cloning or low-tech agar preparation methods. If you have ideas about workshops or would like to host one, […]

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New Species: Pink & Elm Oyster

We have two new species on offer: Pink Oyster (Pleurotus djamor) You can cultivate this mushroom in a (self-made) growkit on coffee waste but also on for example straw pellets. The taste is more spicy than the grey oyster and the texture is firm. Elm Oyster (Hypsizygus ulmarius) The Elm Oyster is not part of […]

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How to make a mushroom bed

In this blogpost we will share with you how to make a mushroom bed, an easy way to grow oyster mushrooms in your garden. Step 1 – Get spent substrate There are two ways to get spent substrate: 1) from your Helsieni Growkit after it has given 3 flushes of mushrooms. Be sure to save […]

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Grow Mushrooms in your Garden

Last week we went to Lohja to visit Eric Puro and his new outdoor mushroom farm called Gifts from Metsä. This spring he has been inoculating over 1000 logs with different strains of Shiitake, Oyster, Nameko, Elm Oyster and Reishi. Eric has been farming Shiitake in Kentucky (USA) for many years and now he is […]

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Myco Meetup #1 great success!

There was a great turnout of the Myco Hacklab Helsinki’s Myco Meetups at our Helsieni Headquarters last Friday 10.3.2017! The diversity of people was large and it was wonderful to sense the high level of curiosity and knowledge that was present in the room. The topics that were discussed are: fungal dyes, medicinal mushrooms, we started growing mushrooms on old […]

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Mushroom farm building news

After the successful crowdfunding campaign Helsieni went on to an autumn full of work. Once the containers arrived in Hernesaari, we started building the mushroom farm. We are designing and building the whole farm ourselves. As mushroom home growers know, important in mushroom growing is the right temperature and humidity at the right time. Therefore, […]

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OSCE Days Helsinki 2016 – Growfridge

We had our first public appearance with our open-source Mushroom Growing Fridge aka ‘Growfridge’ at the Open Source Circular Economy Days Helsinki 2016. What is a Growfridge? A growfridge is a micro-mushroom farm. The main component is a refrigerator. This is retro-fitted to create optimal growing conditions for mushrooms to grow and fruit. With this […]

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Vegfest Tampere! 21-22 May

Helsieni will travel up north to Tampere for the biggest vegeterian/vegan food festival in Finland, VegFest! This year it will be held on May 21st & 22nd on the Tampere Central Square. Come and taste our home-made mushroom pies or sihis (a vegan version of the popular Finnish snack: Lihis)! You can also buy a […]

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Helsieni visits RotterZwam

We reached another milestone with Helsieni: we graduated from the Master Program: “Growing Edible Mushrooms”! The founders of RotterZwam in the Netherlands offer an intensive 4-day training program in which Sini and Stéphane learned everything there is to know about growing mushrooms in an urban environment. Chris and Lilli also joined the beginning and the end […]

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