Skip to main content



Camp Mushroom #2

Sunday, June 7 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Cornell Campus & MacDaniels Nut Grove

Due to popular demand for Camp Mushroom (see below), which is SOLD OUT, we are offering an additional, one-day class which will cover the same cultivation methods as the original offering.

The main difference is we won’t be serving meals (bring your own lunch) or having the course at the Arnot Forest. We also will not be able to offer logs to take home. (sorry)

Participants will be trained in three methods of mushroom cultivation; shiitake on bolts, lions mane/oyster on totems, and stropharia in woodchip beds. In addition, laying yard and management considerations and economics of growing mushrooms as a small farm enterprise will be covered.

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.

COST: $50 includes handouts and instruction

SOLD OUT – email with subject “camp mushroom waitlist” to be placed on the list for cancellations, or another offering in 2015.


Mushroom Inoculation Workshop

SUNY Ulster (non-credit)

Saturday, July 11

9 – 12pm

Mushrooms are a remarkable source of food and medicine that have been cultivated and wildcrafted by humans for thousands of years. This workshop introduces students to the world of mushrooms, their link to healthy soils and forests, and their growing potential on both a home and commercial scale. Students will inoculate shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane and stropharia mushrooms and talk about their applications to both the home and the commercial farm.

Edible mushrooms can be grown through the entire year using the surplus of regenerative small woodlot management and the re-purposing of waste stream materials (i.e. coffee grounds, straw, etc ). Students will take home an inoculated substrate and handout with further resources.

Steve Gabriel is extension Agroforestry Specialist for the Cornell Small Farms Program and grows mushrooms for sale at,350

Commercial Mushroom Production Field Day

Saturday August 9
Schuyler County, NY
Learn about the commercial cultivation of log-grown shiitake mushrooms during a field day with visits to area commercial farms and hands-on practice inoculating a mushroom log to take home. See two productive farms in operation and ask the growers direct questions to improve your ability to successfully grow and cultivate shiitake mushrooms.


9 am     Gather at Wellspring Forest Farm in Mecklenburg, NY (Steve Gabriel and Liz Falk) for an introduction to cultivation and hands-on inoculation of shiitake, oyster, and stropharia mushrooms.
12 pm    Lunch break (bring your own)

1 pm      Travel to Hawk Meadow Farm in Hector, NY (Steve and Anne Sierigk) for a tour and question and answers in the mushroom yard.

3pm       End

The cost is $50 dollars per farm or household. This includes all instruction and an inoculated shiitake log to take home.

Co-sponsored by:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler and Steuben counties
The Northeast Mushroom Growers Network





10th Annual Camp Mushroom

April 24 – 25  at Cornell’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest located about 20 miles south of Ithaca, NY (DIRECTIONS)

Camp Mushroom is Cornell’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. The workshop is a unique beginner/intermediate level workshop for those interested in small-scale forest mushroom cultivation.

COST: $100 for overnight guests (primitive cabin with heat), $70 for commuters. Includes Friday dinner and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, featuring mushrooms and local, organic foods.

Friday-  6pm Dinner, Program from 7 – 10pm

Saturday – 8am Breakfast, Program from 9 – 3pm (with lunch)

SOLD OUT – email with subject “camp mushroom waitlist” to be placed on the list for cancellations.


Woodland Mushroom Cultivation (BF 150)

Growing Shiitake and Other Mushrooms for Fun and Profit
February 24 – March 31 (6 weeks)
a six-week ONLINE Course through the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project

Week 1: Introduction & Mycology 101
Week 2: Acquiring materials and inoculation
Week 3: Managing mushrooms and the spawn run
Week 4: Forcing, fruiting, harvest, storage
Week 5: Selling and marketing mushrooms
Week 6: Enterprise viability, value-added products

COST: $230 includes instruction and a mushroom growing kit sent to your doorstep.

 CLASS FULL – email to be notified of future courses.