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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.

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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.

 

Classes and Events:

 

Woodland Mushroom Cultivation

(BF 151) – Online Course

Growing Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Woodchips

Mushrooms are an emerging niche crop with many benefits, including improving farmer stewardship of forested lands and the ability to offer a unique and highly desired product. With a bit of practice, mushrooms can be easily grown in the woods on many products that can be the surplus of healthy forest management.

This course trains new and experienced farmers in the background, techniques, and economics of farm scale woodland mushroom production. Students will learn the basic biology of mushrooms, cultivation techniques for shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms, 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.

 

Jan. 16 – Feb 20, with webinars on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00pm Eastern time. Webinars are recorded for later viewing. 

 

More info: http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/online-courses/course-descriptions/woodland-mushroom-cultivation-bf-151/

 

Oyster Mushroom Cultivation in Barns, High Tunnels, and Greenhouses (BF 153) – Online

Making good use of farm buildings for mushroom production

Mushrooms are an emerging niche crop with many benefits and offer a unique and highly desired product.

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, and more.

This course trains new and experienced farmers in the background, techniques, and economics of farm scale commercial 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 on their tabletop at home.

February 27 – April 3, with Webinars each Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8:00pm Eastern time. Webinars are recorded for later viewing.

 

http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/online-courses/course-descriptions/oyster-mushroom-cultivation-in-barns-high-tunnels-and-greenhouses-bf-153/

 

 

 

Contact:

Steve Gabriel

Extension Agroforestry Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program

15A Plant Science Bldg

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

sfg53@cornell.edu

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