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Learn about food production with fast growing agaricus mushrooms

Growing kits for schools and educational organisations

Meadow Mushrooms is excited to offer our new expertly hand-crafted growing kits to schools and educational organisations. Our kits contain a mushroom farm, growing instructions and recipe ideas. Teaching resources are also available separately.

These amazing mini-mushroom farms will enable children to see mushrooms growing first-hand and help them better understand the relationship between growing and eating as our mushrooms will double in size overnight. Children can learn to pick and cook their harvest or eat them fresh from the box. As our kits are pre-prepared, mushrooms should grow within a few days, and once mini-mushrooms appear the results are super quick which is why they make a fantastic example of farm-to-table and help to retain attention before it is lost. Meadow Mushrooms have a limited number of kits to be distributed each year, that can be applied for using the forms below. Our ambition is to ensure we have a fair coverage across the country and ages so everyone has a chance to receive a kit. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will share your mushroom journey with us too.

How to apply? Enter your details on the form below to apply for a kit to be sent to your organisation.

Then what happens? Each week we will select from applications, then will contact the school/centre to arrange delivery. If you don't make the first draw you will stay on the list.

Please note our kits are NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE and distribution is currently limited to schools or educational centres as an aid to help young people understand and learn about food production and preparation.

Some recent shots from schools below -

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply for a kit?

    • Complete the form here under ‘Apply now’ and enter contact plus the organisations details for whom you are applying. Please note if you are applying for a specific class/group, enter this information in the ‘comments’ section.
    • Note: Kits will only be dispatched to organisations, so we will need this delivery address not a private one.
  • What happens after I apply?

    • Your organisations information is stored so with details to help us distribute fairly (around the country and to different ages).
    • The first draw is week commencing 23 July, then roughly each week until November 2018. Then restarting in March 2019.
    • If your application is drawn, our team will get in contact with the applicant, then arrange dispatch with the school/organisation.
    • If your application is not drawn, you will stay in the pool so may be drawn in future.
    • If there are any issues with the information provided, we will be in touch.
  • What do I do once I receive the kit?

    The kits are pre ‘activated’ for you, meaning you don’t have to do anything except open them and they are ready to go (per the instructions inside). We recommend not leaving them too long as they either may try to grow and fail or may not activate if left too long.

  • I am worried about the temperature, what do I do?

    We recommend you keep your kit at a temperature of 17 to 19C, however we appreciate this may be difficult in either winter or summer. In cooler seasons growth may be slower, keep your kit in a space that will be the least impacted by cooler temperatures. You may also consider closing the top down at night or even wrapping in a warm blanket. If your kit gets too cold this may reduce its yield and/or slow growth. For best results, keep the kit away from drafts and heat sources e.g. direct sunlight.

  • My mushrooms are quite pink on the inside is that ok?

    Yes! When mushrooms are first picked, the gills on the inside will be a pinky colour which will change over a period of hours to the darker colour you are used to seeing.

  • How do I know when to harvest my mushrooms?

    Mushrooms can grow VERY quickly, doubling in size over 24 hours so it is important to monitor growth and consider that what is small in the morning will need to be picked by the end of the day. Ideally you want to keep your mushrooms as a button which is 35-55mm and beforethe gills have opened and the cap has flattened.

  • What are the stringy bits in the compost?

    Mushroom Compost is comprised of partially composted wheat straw, which often results in a stringy texture.

  • What do I do with my kit when I have finished?

    Your compost is packed with nutrition and great for the garden, especially as a mulch. We recommend you mix the layers together then distribute in the garden. It is possible – depending on how many flushes you have run and the weather conditions – that you may continue to get a few mushrooms in the garden but due to the specific environment they require it is unlikely to get many.

  • Can I purchase a kit

    Sorry no, our kits were created especially for schools and education. They are also hand-built and very labour intensive which means they would be quite an expensive item to buy. However we may revisit this in future if demand is there.

  • What is the white stuff growing in my kit?

    This is mycelium. Mycelium is the equivalent of the root system in plants and is what your mushrooms will grow from. Through the mycelium, the mushrooms absorb nutrients from it’s environment.

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Growing Kit Recipients

Our mission is to distribute our kids around the country to ensure Kiwi kids get to have a turn at growing mushrooms, learning about food production and fungi. We have loaded all recipients we have drawn so far onto the map below to show you how we are doing.

DRAW 1

St Martins School, Christchurch
Whataupoko Playcenter, Gisborne
Opeys Plunket education and care centre, Tauranga
Oaklynn Special School, Auckland
Nelson Park School, Napier

DRAW 2

Edukids Papakura, Auckland
Andersons Bay Community Kindergarten, Dunedin
St Joseph's School (Temuka), Temuka
Milson School, Palmerston North
Welcome Bay School, Tauranga
Westbrook School, Rotorua

DRAW 3

Active Explorers Tai Tapu, Canterbury
Paengaroa School, Bay of Plenty
Oteha Valley School, Auckland
Southbrook School, Rangiora
Karangahake School, Waikato
Active Explorers Melville, Hamilton