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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:

shiitakesmallLog-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms

A series of one-day workshops will be held in five counties around New York State. Anyone who is a resident of New York and growing commercially, starting up, or considering commercial production is welcome to attend. The workshop content will cover all the aspects of production from harvest to market.

Participants should be versed in the basics of how to produce log-grown mushrooms prior to attending the workshop. Take a class, or view our free online resources.
On the day following the workshop, current and prospective farmers can schedule FREE one-on-one consultations with extension educators to review their farm goals, resources, and discuss challenges and opportunities for their own production.
Sunday, January 29 – Franklin County CCE (Consultations on Jan 30)

Sunday, February 5 – Wyoming County CCE (Consultations on Feb 6)

Sunday, February 26 – Schuyler County CCE (Consultations on Feb 27)

Friday, March 3 at the Greene County Cooperative Extension in Acra, NYSOLD OUT – email Tracey Testo at to be placed on waitlist.

Friday, March 10 – Putnam County CCE (Consultations on March 11)


Cost: $30/person              TO REGISTER CLICK HERE
Funding for this project is provided by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and administered through the New York Farm Viability Institute.



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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