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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 Events:



Cultivating Forest Mushrooms

May 17
CCE Yates County
5:00 – 8:00pm

Yates County Building, 417 Liberty Street, Suite 1024, Penn Yan, New York 14527

Join Extension Agroforestry Specialist Steve Gabriel for an evening presentation on successful cultivation of shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms for home or small-farm scale production. Learn the proper tree species and techniques for cultivation and see demonstrations of inoculation techniques. Local Master Forest Owners will also share their experiences and successes and be available for questions.

COST: $10 per person includes handouts

CCE Yates County 315-536-5123 or online registration at


11th Annual Camp Mushroom

June 3 – 4
Hidden Valley Camp, Watkins Glen NY
Friday 5 – 9pm, Saturday 9 am – 4pm

Camp Mushroom is Cornell University’s annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms. This year marks the 11th year of the course, as forest mushroom cultivation blossoms in the northeast as a new small farm industry. You can read more about mushroom cultivation at

This course is geared for those interest in the commercial production of mushrooms. Participants will be trained in four methods of mushroom cultivation; shiitake on bolts, lions mane/oyster on totems, oysters on straw, and stropharia in woodchip beds. In addition, laying yard and management considerations along with the economics of production will be covered. Each participant will also inoculate a shiitake bolt to take home. Anyone who wants to get into mushroom growing as a serious pursuit should not miss out on this opportunity to learn from experienced growers and researchers who will present for this event.

The workshop will take place at the Hidden Valley Camp, nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of NY and adjacent to the world-renowned Watkins Glen State Park.

Participants can choose to set up a tent or use a cabin (bunk beds) on site or commute from their locale or a motel. For any extra $25/person, participants are welcome to stay at the camp Saturday night and enjoy the scenic areas on their own Sunday. (no meals)


Friday: 6pm Dinner, Program from 7 – 10pm
Saturday: 8am Breakfast, Program from 9 – 3pm (with lunch)
Saturday afternoon: depart or stay at the camp on your own and explore the area Sunday.

COST: $125 for overnight guests (primitive cabin or tent), $75 for commuters: Includes Friday dinner and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, featuring mushrooms and local farm foods.

SOLD OUT – email to be put on the waitlist.

Note: You will be sent to a registration form to fill out. Once this is complete you will get a link for payment. YOU ARE NOT CONSIDERED REGISTERED WITHOUT SUBMITTING PAYMENT.


Farm Scale Mushroom Cultivation (BF 150)

a six week online course starts February 23


Next offering in October. Email to be put on a notification list.




Steve Gabriel

Extension Agroforestry Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program

15A Plant Science Bldg

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

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