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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.




2017 Viability Workshops

img_2712In 2017 we will offer one-day workshops titled, “Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms” in five counties around New York State. Anyone who is growing commercially, starting up, or considering commercial production is welcome to attend.

The workshop content will cover all the aspects of production from harvest to market. Participants should be versed in the basics of how to produce log-grown mushrooms prior to attending the workshop. Take a class, or view our free online resources

Workshop cost: $30 includes lunch & handouts

On the day following the workshop current and prospective farmers can schedule FREE one-on-one consultations with extension educators to review their farm goals, resources, and discuss challenges and opportunities for their own production.


8:30am                       Arrival, Check in, Sign up for one-on-ones

9:00am                       Welcome, Introductions

9:30am                    Cultivation & Management: Key Points and Resources

10:30am                    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

12:30pm                    LUNCH (provided), sign up for one-on-ones

1:30pm                      Enterprise Planning

  1. Risk Management & Insurance
  2. Legal & Regulatory Considerations
  3. Taxes & Agricultural Assessment for Land
  4. Mini Business Plan
  5. Budgeting
  6. Cash Flow
  7. Timing & Scale
  8. Record Keeping

3:30                            Marketing & Channel Assessment (activity)

5:00                            Adjourn



Sunday, February 26 – Schuyler County CCE (Consultations on Feb 27)
SOLD OUTemail Catherine Barnes at to be placed on waitlist.

Friday, March 3 at the Greene County Cooperative Extension in Acra, NYSOLD OUT – email Tracey Testo at to be placed on waitlist.

Friday, March 10 – Putnam County CCE (Consultations on March 11)   SOLD OUT



Cost: $30/person includes lunch and handouts


CLICK HERE To Register


About the ProjectDSCN0900

In 2017 & 2018, the grant will focus on developing the following opportunities for farmers in New York:

  1. A printed planning tool will be published in early 2017 to support enterprise development by farmers. It will include enterprise budget worksheets, timelines for implementations, yield projection planning tools, an outline of safety and sanitation requirements and procedures for value-added products utilizing mushrooms.
  1. Self-directed online training modules on advanced topics for mushroom cultivation including mushroom identification, forest management, production safety & sanitation measures, and strategic marketing will be released in 2017.
  1. In 2017 and 2018, Small Farms will host 5 trainings at regional Cooperative Extension offices in Wyoming, Schuyler, Franklin, Putnam, and Greene Counties. The trainings will be two days, offering enterprise planning sessions on the first day, and individual farm consultations on day two. (see dates below)
  1. The program will solicit applications from farms for customized one-on-one support developing enterprise plans for their farm. Ongoing guidance and support will enable farms to develop robust and resilient plans for log-grown shiitake growing operations.
  1. The project will culminate with a report describing the potential markets and further development of the crop in New York, including market channel assessment for five geographic regions in New York state to help define markets and opportunities for farmers.


Get Involved

DSCN0489We would like to hear from both active and interested New York farmers who want to participate in the project.

If you are an active commercial mushroom grower or considering starting an enterprise, please sign up to receive notifications as this project proceeds by filling out this quick survey.



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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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