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dscn5223The Cornell Small Farms Program, with support from the USDA Specialty Crop Grant Program and New York Farm Viability Institute, is engaged in a two year project to elevate development of a new niche crop in the New York; log-grown shiitake mushrooms.

Research and development at Cornell over the past decade, along with several partnerships and research projects has enabled greater understanding of the technical and business aspects of a small farm log-grown shiitake enterprise. Woodland log-grown mushrooms are a relatively new, niche crop and are low-input, high output enterprise that can also offset land taxes.




Upcoming Events

The Cornell Small Farms Program is offering a one-day workshop this winter in eight locations around New York State this winter titled:

Log-Grown Shiitake: Economics and Management for a Profitable Crop

As with any farming venture, viability is achieved with good business planning and attention to strategies which minimize costs and optimize efficiency. These workshops content will cover aspects of production important to selling mushrooms in New York, including safety, sanitation, marketing, and regulations.

Those who attend one of the workshops or the online livestream are eligible to participate in an advanced training group and receive one-on-one support for the 2018 growing season. Details of this opportunity will be provided at the workshop.


Friday, January 19 at the Wyoming County Extension, 36 Center St. Suite B, Warsaw, NY 14569

Saturday, January 20 at the Schuyler County Extension, 323 Owego St, Montour Falls, New York 14865

Friday, January 26 at Clearpool Model Forest, 33 Clearpool Rd, Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512

Saturday, January 27 at Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003

Friday, February 2 at NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd; Syracuse, New York 13209

Saturday, February 3 at Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, 203 N Hamilton St, Watertown, NY 13601

Friday, February 16 at the Agroforestry Resource Center, 6055 NY-23, Acra, NY 12405

Saturday, February 17 at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NY-22, Essex, NY 12936

LIVE WEBINAR TRAINING: Friday, March 2nd online (access anywhere with a high-speed connection)

See a Map of the locations:

Workshops run from 9am to 4pm, with a catered lunch included.


Click on the map to see contact information for each site.



8:30am                     Arrival, Check in, Complete Grower Survey

9:00am                     Welcome, Introductions, Resources (USB)

9:30am                     Beyond the Basics of Cultivation: Ways to Save Time and $$

  1. Strains and Spawn
  2. Inoculation
  3. Management – Pests, Moisture, etc

11:00am                   The Production Chain: From Harvest to Market

  1. Safety & Sanitation
  2. Harvest and Storage
  3. Cleaning and Grading
  4. Weighing
  5. Packaging & Labeling
  6. Pricing
  7. Dehydration
  8. Value Added Products

12:00pm                    LUNCH (provided)

1:00pm                      Marketing & Channel Assessment – Small Group Discussion

2:00pm                      Enterprise Planning

  1. Risk Management & Insurance
  2. Identification
  3. The Schedule F, Taxes, Agricultural Assessment for Land
  4. Budgeting, Cash Flow, Records

3:00                           Evaluations

3:30                        Head Home



NOTE: Attendance is limited to residents of New York State or those who farm in New York and are growing commercially, starting a new enterprise, or considering commercial production in the near future. You should be versed in the basic process of inoculation and management.

Cost: $30/person includes lunch and handouts. (online livestream 3/2 is $20)
(no person turned away for lack of funds- contact for info.)

Funding for this project is provided by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and administered through the New York Farm Viability Institute.


Steve Gabriel
Agroforestry Extension Specialist
Cornell Small Farms Program


Recent Developments…


Directory for Sourcing Logs (HERE!): A factsheet and directory survey has been released to help link loggers, firewood dealers, arborists, and landowners wishing to sell logs for inoculation to those looking to purchase them. This will be posted at

Keep up to date on each of these items as they develop by joining the listserv, below!


Get Involved

We would like to hear from both active and interested New York farmers who want to participate in the project.

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Project Team

Cornell Small Farms Program

Steve Gabriel, Project Leader
Anu Rangarajan, PI

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Marilyn Wyman, CCE Greene
Tracey Testo, CCE Greene

Sarah Carlson, CCE Wyoming
Don Gasiewicz, CCE Wyoming

Brett Chedzoy, CCE Schuyler
Roger Ort, CCE Schuyler

Rick LeVitre, CCE Franklin
Richard Gast, CCE Franklin

Jennifer Stengle, CCE Putnam

Peter Smallidge, NYS Extension Forester


Consultant Growers

KC Mangine, Fruit of the Fungi, Madison Co

Bob Wagner, Northwoods Shiitake, St Lawrence Co

Steve Sierigk, Hawk Meadow Farm, Schuyler Co


Supporting Organizations

Lindsay Wickham, NY Farm Bureau

Christopher Wayne, Grow NYC

Brendan Murphy, NYC Watershed Ag Council

Tom Pavlesich, NYC Watershed Ag Council

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