Here’s another project interest me and my wife started just 2 weeks ago.
According to wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oyster_mushrooms , “Pleurotus ostreatus, the oyster mushroom, is a common edible mushroom. It was first cultivated in Germany as a subsistence measure during World War I and is now grown commercially around the world for food. However, the first documented cultivation was by Kaufert. There is some question about the name Pleurotus corticatus, but no question he cultivated an oyster mushroom. It is related to the similarly cultivated “king oyster mushroom”. Oyster mushrooms can also be used industrially for mycoremediation purposes. The oyster mushroom may be considered a medicinal mushroom, since it contains statins such as lovastatin which work to reduce cholesterol. The oyster mushroom is one of the more commonly sought wild mushrooms, though it can also be cultivated on straw and other media.”
We actually tried another media, via rounded plastic, the wood (saw dust) and plastic are conducive to mushroom growth as they are good vapor barrier and insulation to maintain temperature humidity also low CO2 and light are needed for mushrooms to grow.
The good thing about this project is that this can be an edible alternative to meat:), easily grown in the corner of your home, inexpensive way to grow & harvest food and very low maintenance. This is actually sold in near my area at 300Php/kilo :). Benefits are as follows: (This is complimentary to the article published in Livestrong)