I've been seeking wild edible fungi to tame and eat since 1986 when I found my first New Zealand wild oyster mushroom growing on a fallen cabbage tree. Previously I had grown whopping great portobellos on elephant manure procured from Auckland Zoo. It was the whole science and craft of capturing wild strains and making mushroom cultures that hooked me into leaving teaching and building labs and buying equipment. It has been fun sharing growing techniques with thousands of customers so we could all enjoy working with nature to create food, more satisfying gardens and a greener approach. Gardening flows in a satisfying way by designing with nature to create diversity. This primer is the result of my early work to get growing out of the lab and provides a great background to the research and development work I do today.
Tim Thornewell
Whangarei 2019