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Ideas for Impact: The World of Mushrooms Class

Ideas for Impact: The World of Mushrooms
Continuing Education

Dates & Price

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:00 am–4:30 pm

Inclement Weather Date: February 10, 2019

Fee: $89

Lunch included

Back by Popular Demand! The mushroom capital of the world is at our backdoor, where more than 400 million pounds of mushrooms are produced every year! Enjoy an immersive experience into the world of mushrooms. The morning features several speakers sharing their insight on culture, history, and composting. Savor a special menu in our Terrace Restaurant featuring several mushroom dishes. After lunch, shuttle buses take the group on a short ride to visit two local mushrooms growers for a custom tour. Cap your day with the chance to buy from our local growers before heading back to Longwood.


Tina Ellor, Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, and Staff from Basciani and Phillips Mushroom Farms


Visitor Center Auditorium with bus tour off-site


9:00–10:00 am
The History of Mushrooms in Kennett Square
with Tina Ellor, Phillips Mushroom Farms

How did Kennett Square become the "Mushroom Capital of the World"? Take a journey through time and learn about how this industry grew in our area. Explore the biology and diversity of the fungi kingdom.

10:00–11:00 am
What’s New with Mushrooms
with Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, Penn State University Extension

Discover the emerging trends and techniques for mushroom cultivation. Explore the technology used to improve production and the exciting diversity of new mushroom products available.

11:15 am–12:30 pm

Mushroom-themed lunch menu, Terrace Restaurant

1:00–4:00 pm
Tours of Phillips Mushrooms Farms and Basciani Foods, Inc.

Enjoy a unique opportunity to go inside the mushroom houses, see how exotic varieties are grown, and walk through a processing and packing facility.

4:30 pm

Arrive back at Longwood Gardens

Dress for an indoor/outdoor experience and wear comfortable shoes for walking outdoors. Please check your confirmation email for further details regarding dress restrictions in the mushroom facilities.

Please remember that many courses are extremely popular and will sell out quickly. Register now to begin your journey in lifelong learning at Longwood Gardens.

2020 Continuing Education Catalog