Our program offers a variety of events and opportunities both online and in person:
These free webinars will occur on the first Wednesday of each month, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, and will be recorded and posted for later viewing at www.CornellMushrooms.org and at the Small Farms Program YouTube channel.
Previous webinar recordings can be found on your YouTube Channel via this shortlink:
Learn to Grow Mushrooms – Summer Workshops in NYC
Both a food and a medicine, mushrooms are easy to grow at home and on gardens and farms, with minimal start up costs and materials you may already have on hand. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension, Farm School NYC, and Just Food for a workshop where you’ll learn to inoculate a shiitake log, grow oysters on straw, and plant wine cap in wood chips. Everyone takes home materials that will produce mushrooms! We will emphasize the potential for growing mushrooms as a small enterprise for community and local markets.
DATES and LOCATIONS:
Wed, July 17th- Isabahlia Farms (Brooklyn) 5:30 – 7:30pm
Aug. 24th – Red Hook Farms (Brooklyn) 12:00 – 2:00pm
Sept. 18th- Kelly St. Community Garden (Bronx) 5:30 – 7:30pm (with Spanish Translation)
Yolanda Gonzalez is Urban Agriculture Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY and lives in NYC supporting urban farmers.
Jie Jin is a mushroom grower and founder of Curiouseed, an education studio dedicated to cultivating eco consciousness through playful, experimental and hands-on programming and experiences.
Steve Gabriel is extension specialist for Cornell Small Farms Program and a mushroom farmer in the Finger Lakes Region of NY.
These workshops are FREE due to supportive funding from USDA and Cooperative Extension. We have limited spaces so please only register if you are committed to coming.
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.
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.