Growing shiitaki mushrooms at home is a simple process that is fun for the whole family. On Sunday, May 22, from 1-4 p.m., Bill Errickson will be leading a mushroom cultivation workshop at Newforest Institute.

Participants will learn about the nutritional and medicinal benefits of mushrooms commonly cultivated or growing wild in Maine and will create their own shiitaki mushroom log to take home and grow.

The cost of the workshop is $25-50, on a sliding scale. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information and to register, contact Newforest at or 722-3625.

Bill Errickson is a permaculture designer, farmer, and educator, operating Singing Nettle Farm with his partner, Lauren, in Brooks. His academic and practical studies of biology, soil science, and sustainable agriculture form the foundation for his growing interest in and practice with regenerative perennial food systems. He holds an advanced degree from the University of New Hampshire and Permaculture Design Certification from Humustacia Gardens in Whitefield.

The Newforest Institute is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of mutually sustaining relationships between people and the land. Newforest maintains a teaching and demonstration facility located on 300 acres of forests and fields in Brooks and serves as a northeast hub for permaculture.