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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

Camp Mushroom- Sunday May 21, 10am to 2pm at Cornell University’s MacDaniels Nut Grove

An annual event for farmers, woodlot owners, and anyone who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, nameko and stropharia mushrooms. Learn techniques for these and inoculate several species hands-on at the historic McDaniels Nut Grove at Cornell University. The workshop is a unique beginner/intermediate level workshop for those interested in small-scale forest mushroom cultivation.       COST: $65 includes lunch and a log to take home!        REGISTER HERE

Growing Your Own Forest Mushrooms with Dr Ken Mudge on April 8 from 1 – 4pm at the SUNY Cobleskill “Lifestyle Farming Conference.”  Learn more:


Past Workshops

In Winter 2017, we hosted 5 trainings around New York state for growers interested in scaling up to commercial shiitake production. These will be offered again in 2018.

Download slides:





View the recordings (sorry for the poor audio!) to learn more about the content:





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

Applications for Learning Network (April 2017): An application to join a working network of farmers will be issued mid to late April to encourage those who are serious about scaling up to commercial production to be supported through a variety of planning activities alongside other growers around New York through an online course format. Activities will include: budgeting, cash flow, business plan writing, marketing materials development, and more.

Online Modules (May 2017): A series of self-directed online learning tools will be released for growers to complete at their own pace, including:

  • Safe Mushroom Identification for Farmers
  • Forest Management for Mushroom Logs
  • Sanitary Harvesting and Packing
  • Strategic Marketing

Dehydrated Mushrooms (2017): We are currently working with New York Farm Bureau and state regulators to add “farm grown dehydrated mushrooms” to the list of exempt items under New York’s home kitchen exemption.

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


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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