FAQ - Frequently asked questions in a nutshell:

WHAT MAKES THE ACADEMY LECTURERS DIFFERENT
 

OUR COMPLIMENTARY POST-TRAINING ASSISTANCE

  • Applicable to all training levels
  • No time limitations applicable

TYPICAL CLIENT PROFILE

  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Ambitious, visionary and driven
  • Expect and value quality, professional training and services by experienced post-graduates and willing to invest in their future
  • Have a great attitude setting themselves up for success

STANDARD CULTIVATION WOULD REQUIRE ACCESS TO

  • One or more empty buildings / structures, no matter what shape, size or condition
  • One or more plant-based agricultural or forestry or invasive waste products including, but not limited to, different types of straw or other waste products or concentrates associated with wheat, triticale, maize, oat, rye, canola, cotton, sugarcane, sunflower, invasive tree, reed, large grass type such as elephant grass or equivalent, water hyacinth, coffee, rooibos, honey bush etc.
  • Steam / steam boiler / steam generator for pasteurisation, super-pasteurisation or sterilisation of the plant material prior to the cultivation process
  • Applicable training prior to the planning or setting-up process to eliminate spending of money on unnecessary and irrelevant infrastructure or equipment that might not be needed       

ADVANTAGES OF CULTIVATING GOURMET MUSHROOM SPECIES INSTEAD OF THE BUTTON MUSHROOM 

  • No animal manure used, thus no smell involved and can therefore be cultivated anywhere worldwide
  • No lengthy, cumbersome and expensive three week compost preparation, substrate preparation for gourmet mushroom species completed within one day
  • Not limited to straw, a variety of inexpensive, locally available plant-based substrate materials should be sourced and used 
  • No open tray cultivation process, a modern substrate bag system is used which act as barrier against pest and diseases
  • No use of fungicides or pesticides, thus eliminating the risks and costs associated with these harmful substances   
  • Reduced cropping cycle period applicable to some of the gourmet mushroom species, as short as three weeks
  • No casing layer used or needed
  • Not cultivated in total darkness, thus focussing on an extensive range of light dependent species
  • Fruiting body colour spectrum a marketing bonus ranging from pink, blue, yellow and other colours depending on the species
  • Known for its medicinal and nutritional properties, interesting textures and exceptional taste experiences
  • An international trend, growing faster than the button mushroom industry
  • Higher profitability margin
  • Ease of cultivation