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Mushroom Cultivation

This website hosts information on the agroforestry practice of mushroom cultivation. Research at Cornell over the last decade has focused on the cultivation of four species: shiitake, lions mane, oyster, and stropharia.










At this site:

  • Learn HOW TO GROW mushrooms with our factsheets, guides, and videos
  • Read about the ECONOMIC and POLICY issues facing mushroom growers
  • CONNECT with other growers through the Temperate Forest Mushroom Growers Network

This website is a project of the Cornell Small Farms Program. Read about other agroforestry practices that promote the use of trees and forests on farms.

2016 – 2017 Classes and Events:


The Cornell Small Farms Program is offering two online courses this coming fall and spring to assist farmers in cultivating mushrooms as part of their enterprise.  Each course covers the cultivation, management, harvesting, and effective marketing of this niche crop.


March 1 – April 5, with Webinars each Tuesday evening from 6 – 7:30pm

with Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Specialist for Cornell Small Farms Program, co-owner of Wellspring Forest Farm, and co-author of Farming the Woods and Willie Crosby, owner of Fungi Ally

With a bit of practice, oyster mushrooms can easily be grown in a variety of locations and on many different substrates including straw, coffee grounds, sawdust, and more. They can be grown in a variety of farm buildings including barns, high tunnels, and other outbuildings.

This course trains new and experienced farmers in the background, techniques, and economics of farm scale commercial oyster production. Students will learn the basic biology of mushrooms, cultivation techniques, proper conditions for fruiting, management needs, and harvesting and marketing mushrooms.

Note: In addition to weekly online readings, presentation, and discussion, participants will receive spawn in the mail and get to try mini mushroom experiments at home.







Steve Gabriel

Extension Agroforestry Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program

15A Plant Science Bldg

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

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