AFINET sponsored workshop

AFINET sponsored workshop


This workshop will be split into two sections.  In the morning we will discuss more intensive farming of mushrooms, like we do at our forest farm, and in the afternoon we will discuss more passive forest management techniques that involve using mushrooms to manage the forest.  Both of these sections will include hands on demonstrations and full question and answer.


The workshop will be hosted by Eric Puro, co-founder of Gifts from Metsä ( and a true enthusiast about this sustainable way of growing mushrooms.


Eric has started a log farm in 2017 in Lohja with 1.000 logs. He has learned his craft from one of the best in America that has been growing mushrooms on logs since the 80’s. That he was able to fruit shiitake logs after only one (very short) summer is proof that he was taught well.


With him is Henri Lokki, co-founder of Gifts from Metsä, a passionate friend of the mushrooms that will also inspire you to dive deeper into the wonderful world of fungi! He has been researching various ways mushrooms can be used to increase ecosystem health of the forest while providing a nice return for the forest owner.


The workshop will take place on the log farm of Eric and Henri so you will have also an insight how a big scale production looks like.


each participant will receive:

·         1 x 30cm log inoculated with shiitake mushroom

·         2 bags of dowels (a 100 pcs) of their choice (between 6 different species)


The workshop is in two parts:



·         The creature that is a mushroom

·         choosing the right wood

·         choosing the right spot for your logs

·         maintenance and harvest

·         how to manage a forest with mushrooms

hands on:

·         using mushroom dowels – the beginners path

·         making of a mushroom totem – the big log solution

·         sawdust-spawn Japanese style – the professional way

·         how to inoculate live trees using pakuri/chaga


We will inoculate and talk about many various species of mushrooms including shiitake, oysters, pakuri, and reishi. More info available upon request.  Also please no video.


The workshop is free of charge

place: Särkijärventie 118, 09120 Karjalohja

max. participants: 20


Start: 9:30

Lunch: 13:00

End: 17:30


Lunch and coffee/tea are included in the workshop


if you have questions, please get in contact with:


Eric –, Henri – or Michael –

We are looking forward to hear from you!

The workshop will be held in English.



If you would like to attend the workshop, kindly register here.

Note. We use Eventbrite for registration. When you fill in the registration form, you also need to create a password for the service. With this password, you can manage your registration yourself, so in case you have to cancel your participation, you can easily do so through Eventbrite.


This workshop is part of a wider European project, AFINET (Agroforestry Innovation Networks), led in Finland by the European Forest Institute. The aim of AFINET is to improve practice in agroforestry by sharing existing knowledge.

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