A Unique Course

With 30 years experience farming mushrooms in a variety of conditions, we help you avoid costly errors and build a profitable, sustainable and self-gratifying business. Slash startup costs by knowing what's what: start tall upon top our shoulders.

Brain over Wallet

Avoid expensive high-tech solutions and rely on the power of knowledge. We teach you the bedrock fundamentals of the mushroom business and together we craft a custom solution to best use your local resources.

Hands on Learning

Begin production with the confidence of experience. At our mushroom farm we provide hands-on training through each of the production steps. In addition, we mold your ambitions and opportunities into a robust business plan.

Design for Sustainability

Create a fully-sustainable business for the 21st century. Use local wastes as input and sustainably address cultivation byproducts. Adopt our energy-saving techniques and technology.

Course Content

Develop your production on a sustainable basis!
The course contains three segments:

1) Professional lectures

2) Practical workshops

3) Blueprint for your sustainable mushroom farm
We go through lectures
(fungal biology, substrate production, cultivation set-up, spent substrate recycling, organic certification)
and hands-on workshops
(substrate preparation, innoculation & bagging, mushroom business basics)
to together design a blue-print for your own sustainable mushroom farm.

Upcoming Course

21-27 September, 2020

The number of participants is limited to 7

@ Ekofungi Farm in Belgrade, Serbia


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About Us

A mushroom business doesn't have to be fancy or expensive. The key to success is an intimate understanding of the fungi as a living being -- one with its own character, needs and weaknesses. This is exactly the approach we take at the EkofungiSchool in Belgrade, Serbia. Rooted in both science and practice, we give you the firm knowledge base from which to grow your sustainable and profitable mushroom business.
  • 1998

    Mushroom Farming from Waste Around the World

    Together with sustainability visionary Gunter Pauli, EkofungiSchool's Ivanka and Milan completed a variety of integrated mushroom-from-waste projects across four continents. Mushroom farming businesses were established to recycle brewing residues, apple branches, water hyacinth biomass, salt cedar biomass, pineapple residues, banana leaves, and weeds biomass.

  • 2008

    Seeds of a Revolution: First Ever Mushroom Cultivation on Coffee Waste

    Ivanka from the EkofungiSchool and Dr. Sylvia Barbieri from the Polytechnic University of Torino cultivated the world's first mushroom on coffee waste at Ekofungi's production facilities in Belgrade. Enthusiasts from around the world started coming to Ekofungi to learn how to grow mushrooms on coffee waste.

  • 2013

    Ribbon-Cutting for the EkofungiSchool

    The arrival of the first group of participants marked the official beginning of the Ekofungi School. 25 years of experience of mushrooms-on-waste business was packaged into a comprehensive course. We look forward to welcome the next mushroom entrepreneurs and continue to support the development of sustainable mushroom cultivation.


Ekofungi in the World


Day 1:Enter into the World of Fungi

  • 10:00-11:00 Presentation of Ekofungi
  • 11:30-16:00 Fungi Biology by Dr Jovana Vunduk
  • 16:15-17:15 Cultivation Technology by Ivanka Milenkovic

Day 2: Substrate Production

  • 09:30-12:30 Spawn production theory and practice (work in the lab)
  • 13:30-17:00 Substrate production and cultivation techniques

Day 3: Cultivation

  • 09:30-15:00 Cultivation techniques in all aspects by Ivanka Milenkovic
  • growing room equipment
    solutions for successful project realisation
    participants case studies
  • 17:00-21:00 Belgrade boat cruising

Day 4: Sustainability

  • 09:30-12:00 Spawning substrate by yourself
  • 13:00-15:00 Nutritive value of mushrooms by Dr Nina Bulajic
  • 15:00-17:00 Spent substrate in animal feeding technology
  • by Milan Adamovic
    optional: Mycoremediation by Dr Danka Radic

Day 5: Blue Economy

  • 09:30-12:00 Tailored feasibility study for your specific cases by Ivanka Milenkovic
  • 12:00-13:30 Facebook advertizing by Milan Kostic
  • 15:30-17:00 Business canvas modelling by Igor Milosavljevic

Day 6: Future steps

  • 09:30-14:00 Business canvas modelling by Igor Milosavljevic
  • 15:30-17:00 How to continue by Igor Milosavljevic


Contact us to inquire about discounts for students and groups. We are open to discuss a customized training.

Price per person includes:

  • 5 days of workshops and lectures
  • Useful items package
  • 3 hours follow-up technical support via skype
  • Airport transfer
  • 6 nights lodging
  • 5 days meals and refreshments

Total Price = €1,950
The price per participant is 1,950 EUR. In case of repeated extraordinary circumstances, we will hold the course online and in that case, the price will be 950 EUR. Deposit needed at least 50% (contact us for the payment instructions)
The rest of the payment upon arrival. 100% refund if cancelled before September 1st.
Once when the deposit is paid students are invited to actively participate in the school curriculum tailoring.
The main frame of the school is of course fixed, however specific subject of the interests can be involved depending on your own request/expressed interest.
For example:
Usage of specific raw materials, specific available growing units/rooms, specific business organization, like NGO, Ltd...
Bioremediation: Animal feeding based on the spent substrate, quality of the spent substrate regarding utilization in the soil recultivation...
The Blue Economy in deep details...
If you like, the school can be combined with a short internship. Namely, for 2 students (due to the limited capacities) it is possible to stay in EF production for the additional 2 weeks.
Only costs are on board and lodging. So hurry up, enroll and build your sustainable mushroom farm.

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