University Farm to offer courses on producing oyster mushrooms

Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms will offer a course on the basics of oyster mushroom production on two upcoming Saturdays.

Farm Food Program staff member Matt Burtonshaw, who manages the daily operations of the farm’s oyster mushroom production, will cover the economics, growing requirements, equipment needed, sterilization, potential problems, packaging and harvesting in a hands-on learning experience. He will teach participants how to make miniature mushroom bags to take home.

The three-hour course will be offered on two Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.: Jan. 23 and Feb. 20. It will be held at Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms (37125 Fairmount Blvd. in Hunting Valley).

The cost is $60. Each class will be limited to 12 students. Participants must be at least 18 years old to register for the course.

To register, complete the online form at

For more information, call the farm office at 216.368.0274 or email