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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.

2016 – 2017 Classes and Events:

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Would you like to learn more about growing your own mushrooms?

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County is offering a Introduction to Cultivated Mushroom Workshop on Wednesday evening, September 7th 2016 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The workshop will be held at Vince’s Park in Seneca Falls (at the intersection of Rts 5&20 and Rt 318).

Join Cornell Cooperative 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, along with the basic economics and mattering of gourmet specialty mushrooms. Students will get to inoculate their own log to take home!

Register online at: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/Mushroomcult-2_245

For additional information, contact Derek Simmonds Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension at 315-539-9251 or email: dcs285@cornell.edu.

Fee

The cost is $30 per person, which includes handouts, materials and an inoculated log.

 

 

Woodland Mushroom Cultivation (BF 151)

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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.

 

oysterOyster Mushroom Cultivation (BF 153 – Online Course)

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.

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

 

 

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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