"Oyster mushrooms are different shapes and colors, but it looks like an oyster shell," he said. "Shiitakes originated in Asia and, until the 1930s and '40s, was only in the wild."
The workshops teach how to inoculate a log, or other growing medium, with the fungus.
"When they leave the workshop, they will have a fully inoculated log, or a bucket with oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds," he said. "Turnaround time for the buckets is 4-6 weeks, and with the logs you can expect to see them in the spring and then harvest every 6-8 weeks."
Interest in mushrooms is growing, he said.
"They are getting more popular," Cochran said. "Especially as people realize the health benefits. The number of vegetarians is getting bigger all the time.
"One shiitake mushroom is approximately the equivalent of protein in an 8-10 ounce steak," he said. "This is a good way to add in a new source of protein.
"And there's a lot of cancer research," he said. "We're starting to see that while they may not eliminate cancer, it does help to fight cancer."
For more information about the workshops, call Cochran at 304-541-3301.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.