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.
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.
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.
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 together design a blue-print for your own sustainable mushroom farm.
21-26 March 2017
26 Sep - 1 Oct 2017
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.
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.
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.
When we were starting with RotterZwam we had a lot of questions, questions that don't get answered in a book or on the internet. That's why we visited Ivanka at Sistem Ekofungi. During our visit she showed the low tech techniques she used, the low cost growing units and a revolutionary way of pasteurizing the substrate. Ivanka is both scientist and entrepreneur, a combination you rarely see. The combination of her 27 years of experience as an entrepreneur and the scientific part is a very valuable resource of information. I can strongly recommend going to this traineeship.Siemen Cox – RotterZwam, the Netherlands
I was very happy when I heard about the Ekofungi school. Ivanka Milenkovic is one of the leading experts of the Blue Economy, and especially the mushroom production on waste, and I believe the school will contribute to the faster spread of the Blue Economy around the world. Ivanka’s enthusiasm and competency is a definite guarantee for the quality of the school – a type of validation. She is able to properly share the knowledge and experience with all who are willing to set up similar or any kind of the mushroom project. I strongly promote the foundation of this school and highly recommend for all those, who are really interested in the Blue Economy principles and would like to do something really useful in practice.Dr. Tibor Kiss – Hungary
Ivanka acquainted me with all mushroom growing knowledge she has within a very short time frame. The learning journey has been eye-opening for a total new grower. The hands-on experiences give me a great base to explore the growing possibilities in Taiwan.Yijen Li – Taiwan
After five days with Ivanka and staff at Ekofungi, I went from being clueless about mushroom-growing to having a precise, practical plan of how to implement my project in Paris. It was a precious educational experience to have lectures on the basics of mushroom biology, to hear about various mushroom-growing case studies, to discuss feasibility and setup of my own project–including aspects of the business plan, and to observe Ekofungi's production operations. Their combination of research and commercial production also helped me understand the wider context of international mushroom-growing. Last and not least, it was a pleasure to meet professionals who appreciate the value of active, international social networks!Jennifer Kendzior – Terra Candido, France
With a big thank you, I dedicate this to our teacher Ivanka for all the “meraki” she has put throughout the years in her mushroom business. She definitely communicated her Mushroom Meraki on to us. We need it to survive and thrive. Meraki: To do something with soul, creativity or love, leaving a piece of yourself in to what you are doing.Christiana Grardikioti – Greece
For me, this training was not only incredibly helpful and nice, but filled with great respect by the entire team of Ivanka Milenkovic. The training provided very professional and useful information for anyone who has decided to deal with mushrooms, and not only :-) it Is not that often to meet such a person who is ready to share experience, which is the result of many years of work and deprivation. To all who would become part of the big family of Ivanka, be prepared for several days in which there will not be a superfluous word.Kamen Krastanov – Bulgaria
It was a great experience. I started with no competence when I arrived and I came back home able to grow mushrooms in a very easy and sustainable way. The course gave to me the elements to understand if I can turn a passion in a job. In my case, it will remain a magic passion. So.. target reached! In addition to this, the instructors were all very kindly, lovely, welcoming and qualified. Thanks for all.Nicola Muraro – Italy
Ivanka Milenkovic is such a source of inspiration! Our new project in Northern Italy is powered by Ekofungi! Ekofungi is very open and extremely professional. Academic and practical instruction was very precious. With Ekofungi you will have fun with special people while gathering precious information for concrete implementation.Stefan Smith – Italy
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