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The mushroom spores get inoculated, or injected, into logs, where they live and grow. Inoculating logs is similar to a person getting inoculated with a vaccine, but in this case, the log is being injected with spores.
Mapling, or sugaring, is the process of collecting and boiling down the sap from maple trees in order to make syrup. It’s an ancient practice and one of the few sugar sources native to the northern hemisphere.
It’s well worth asking your local meat people if you can have their leftover leaf lard or if you can purchase it for a small fee. Offer to render a few jars of lard for them and see if that doesn’t convince them!