DIETZ FARM MUSHROOMS

Sequim Washington
the site of the inadvertent creation of
Sequim Terra Preta
Lowell and Audree Dietz do Carpentry in Sequim.
Lowell's hobby is mushroom cultivation.
This has become a source of income.
The photo on the left is a plastic column of barley straw
that has been shredded, cooked and inoculated with
grain spawn.   The mushroom is Pleurotus columbinus
also known as "Blue Cap Oyster Mushroom".
This mushroom is possibly the worlds best pizza mushroom.



This site contains several pages to help beginning mushroom cultivators:



Grow Mushrooms At Home! has mushroom recipes and information about an amateur mushroom cultivators' group.

The Pink Oyster Mushroom page has instructions for growing mushrooms on growing kits you purchased.

How to make mushroom growing straw blocks
is a page for cultivators who want to make their own growing kits.

You may view or print the one page sheet MUSHROOM KIT FAQS that we used at the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival in Lacey. FAQs mushroom kits


If you need dehydrated mushrooms and can't dry them yourself, we can deliver fresh mushrooms to a processor.
You may purchase them from the processor.  There are two businesses in Sequim with inspected kitchens and
processors licenses who are willing to do this.   Current demand for fresh mushrooms exceeds our ability to supply them.
  We hope to increase production so we can sell mushrooms retail to the public.   We have growing kits for sale:
Blue cap oyster, Tree Oyster, King Oyster, Mushroom of Love, Phoenix Oyster mushroom.

  
 




     We use a CARBON NEGATIVE ENERGY SOURCE here on the mushroom farm.   The main hardware is a top load up draft furnace.  It is known by initials: t.l.u.d.

We call it a

T-LUD
which we pronounce:
Tee - lud
"Tee" rhymes with "we";  "lud" rhymes with "bud"


The t-lud works by mixing smoke from air starved fire with pre-heated air.   The inner cylinder holds wood.   Only 20% of the furnace's air is allowed to enter this primary combustion chamber.   80% is channeled between the steel and concrete cylinders, where it is pre-heated before being mixed with the smoky primary air.


The t-lud's nozzle is held away from the primary air cylinder by 1/2" x 1/2" angle iron spacers.   This allows the 80% of the air to mix at the top of the primary combustion area.






This view shows the underside of the nozzle and the shell that becomes the front of the
concrete cylinder.




So what makes this carbon negative?


This is charcoal generated from one burn.

This by-product may be used to grill steak.
If not, it can be used to make bio-char.


When charcoal is used for bio-char, carbon is removed from the air and locked into soil.
To make bio-char, we soak powdered charcoal in leachate from red wiggler worm bins.

Bio-char makes up 20% of
Sequim Terra Preta
75% is worm castings.

How to acquire enough worm castings to make Sequim Terra Preta:

Do you have weeds from your garden, trimmings from vegetables in you kitchen, fruit that falls and is unused in your yard or orchard, old newspapers, egg shells, spent mushroom kits or other organic waste?

You can grow worms on what you normally throw away!
You can produce organic fertilizer when you control what goes into it.

Red Wiggler Composting Worms are for Sale on the Dietz Farm!



These red worms are used for kitchen composting.
They are Eisenia fetida (eye-SEN-ee-uh FE-ti-dah).
They are also called red worms, red wigglers or compost worms.
You may read or print the fact sheet: "kitchen composting with worm bins".
It is printer friendly and includes instructions to make an inexpensive worm bin like the one we sell with 500 worms for $95 (sales tax included in the price) here at the mushroom farm.

Worms Only

We sell 500 Red Worms for $25 and 100 worms for $7.
  As soon as they are divided into batches, each batch is provided enough bedding, grit and food to stay healthy.


The formula is revealed:

 Sequim Terra Preta:
75% castings
20% bio-char
5% sand





We invite worm growers and gardeners to try this formula.  Let us know if it works for you.   If you improve on it, please tell us!

We have a Rocket Stove!


Rocket stove is on the left, T-LUD is on the right.
Recently we added a second burner to our T-LUD fired single burner hot plate for a 55 gallon drum.
The burner on the left is fired by a Rocket Stove.

So which works best?
WE DON'T KNOW!

That's why we are planning the first ever Sequim Rocket Stove vs T-LUD
RUMBLE



Subscribers to the mushroom cultivators list will be notified when the event will take place.

We vend mushrooms and mushroom growing kits at

The Kitsap Peninsula Mycological Society

wild mushroom show and

Olympic Peninsula Mycological Society

annual mushroom show.

If you would like to purchase red worms, mushroom growing kits or mushrooms directly from us

phone 360-477-4228


You may e-mail us at this address:
e-mail address

Lowell and Audree Dietz are interior trim contractors.

We do carpentry in Sequim.