Programs & Workshops

Like what you’re reading? Chances are I’m facilitating a workshop, delivering a plant walk, conducting a lecture or am helping organize an event that you might be interested in! Check out the list below for all of the programs that I will be conducting or assisting with for the 2017 season in the Winnipeg area and beyond! If you are curious about booking or scheduling a private event or program, then please feel free to get in touch with me using the form on the Contact Page. Thanks so much for your interest and support!


Saturday May 13th 2017


Backyard Mushroom Cultivation

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Place: Carol Shields Auditorium @ Millennium Library (Winnipeg, MB)

Join mushroom growing enthusiast Tom Nagy as he illustrates the basic techniques that you can use to cultivate gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in the comfort of your own backyard. Discover how productive and rewarding mushroom growing can be and how you can incorporate them into flower beds, vegetable gardens, and perennial plantings. Add interest and diversity to your garden as well as harvest an additional crop that also enriches your soil.

Registration for this event begins April 21st. Please contact Harriet Minuk (or any library branch) if you are interested in booking. Harriet can be reached by phone (204-986-6450) or through e-mail (hminuk@winnipeg.ca). Thank you for your interest and I hope to see you there!


Saturday May 20th 2017


Wine Cap Mushroom Cultivation (Hands-On)

Cost: $25 for workshop, $50 for workshop + wine cap mushroom spawn
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Place: Permaculture Gardens @ Baltimore Road & Churchill Drive (Winnipeg, MB)

Join mushroom growing enthusiast Tom Nagy as he illustrates how you can grow your own delicious wine cap mushrooms in beds of hardwood wood chips and sawdust in the comfort and convenience of your own backyard. Discover how productive and rewarding mushroom growing can be and how you can incorporate them into flower beds, vegetable gardens, and perennial plantings. Add interest and diversity to your garden as well as harvest an additional crop that also enriches your soil.

Registration is required for this event. Please send an e-mail to “southosbornecommons@gmail.com” in order to reserve your spot. Make sure to also specify whether or not you would like to receive wine cap mushroom spawn as part of the workshop. Thank you for your interest and I hope to see you there!


Monday June 5th 2017


Backyard Mushroom Cultivation

Cost: Free for members ($5 for non-members)
Time: 
7:00pm-8:30pm
Place: Assiniboine Park Conservatory (Winnipeg, MB)

Join mushroom growing enthusiast Tom Nagy as he illustrates the basic techniques that you can use to cultivate gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in the comfort of your own backyard. Discover how productive and rewarding mushroom growing can be and how you can incorporate them into flower beds, vegetable gardens, and perennial plantings. Add interest and diversity to your garden as well as harvest an additional crop that also enriches your soil.

Additional details as well as registration information for this event can be found on the Gardens Manitoba website. Thank you for your interest and I hope to see you there!


Tuesday June 13th 2017


Foraging for Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms

Cost: Free for members ($5 for non-members)
Time: 
7:00pm-8:30pm
Place: Fort Garry Public Library (Winnipeg, MB)

Join mushroom growing enthusiast Tom Nagy as he illustrates the basic techniques that you can use to cultivate gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in the comfort of your own backyard. Discover how productive and rewarding mushroom growing can be and how you can incorporate them into flower beds, vegetable gardens, and perennial plantings. Add interest and diversity to your garden as well as harvest an additional crop that also enriches your soil.

Registration for this event begins April 21st. Please call 204-986-6450 or visit any Winnipeg Public Library branch to reserve your spot. Thank you for your interest and I hope to see you there!


Saturday June 24th 2017


Backyard Mushroom Cultivation

Cost: Tickets available here.
Time: 9
:00pm-8:30pm
Place: DIY Homesteader Festival (Teulon, MB)

Join mushroom growing enthusiast Tom Nagy as he illustrates the basic techniques that you can use to cultivate gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in the comfort of your own backyard. Discover how productive and rewarding mushroom growing can be and how you can incorporate them into flower beds, vegetable gardens, and perennial plantings. Add interest and diversity to your garden as well as harvest an additional crop that also enriches your soil.

The workshop will include a demonstration as to the tools and materials that are necessary in assembling a basic oyster mushroom kit using commercial mushroom ‘seeds’ (spawn) and soaked hardwood sawdust. After the workshop, names from the audience will be drawn to determine who will get to take home the freshly assembled kits to bring home as a prize and grow on their own.

5 comments

  1. Hello Tom!

    I live a little north of you in Muskoka, Ontario, but grew up on a farm near Hamilton where my father taught me to forage for meadow mushrooms and puffballs in our cow pastures.

    For the past 2 weeks I have had what I can most closely identify as agaricus arvensis (horse mushrooms) growing in my veggie garden where I have used sawdust and wood chips as deep mulching materials. I have done considerable research on them, but there are 2 issues that I am still wondering about:
    1) Have you ever heard of horse mushrooms fruiting in mid-June?
    2) Some of my specimens have very thick stems (approx. 2″ diameter) but with average sized caps. Is this what the field guides mean when they say that the stipes can be ‘club shaped’?

    Thank-you, and happy foraging!
    Alaine McGill

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    1. Hey Alaine,

      Thanks for your comment. Horse mushrooms could fruit in July or August, although there are a few closely related and hard to identify Agaricus species which can and do fruit earlier on in the year than Agaricus arvensis or Agaricus campestris. Earlier this year in fact, around the middle of May, I found some very large Agaricus mushrooms fruiting some mulched Norway spruce trees. I have no idea what species they were, although I most certainly knew that they were not the potentially poisonous Agaricus xanthodermus and therefore good edibles.

      From what I understand club shaped stipes are those which are slightly swollen at the base and become slightly more narrow towards the underside of the cap. In other words, the stipe is more or less the same diameter except for at the base of where the mushroom emerges/developes from the mycelium, where it is slightly bulbous or swollen.

      Hope this information was helpful. Thanks and happy foraging to you as well!
      Tom

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  2. Thank-you Tom, I very much appreciate your reply!

    I think I will just call them Agaricus Mysterious until I find a field guide that has this early fruiting variety in it.

    We have built a new mushroom bed just at the treeline beside our chicken house where we are in the process of trying to propagate them. They are wonderful large mushrooms, and I really don’t want to disturb them, but my dilemma is that they are currently growing under my potato plants and I have delayed hilling the potatoes about as long as I can. Truth be told, the mushrooms just might win this turf war – I am so excited to have them popping up every time we water them!

    I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Alaine

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  3. Hi From out of now where, in my moms lawn? we have a mushroom im told is called a Angle Ring ? where is come from beats me. i mow her lawn an know i didnt plant it. can they be eaten? sold to others. She does have nightly visits from the local Deer, no Idea its Just One Ring no where else in the naborhood??

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    1. There are many fungi that have the common name of Angel Ring. These fungi colonize your lawn without any sort of intervention and are often signs of a relatively un-polluted and healthy soil environment. Depending on the species there are some that can be eaten, but of course it’s importantly to be absolutely sure before you decided to sample it, if you are interested in doing that at all. If you are able to take a photo of the formation, and the cap and underside of each mushroom I may be able to go about trying to figure out what it is for you.

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