The 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.
Where do I start?
Building a viable farm enterprise requires two major parts; the technical aspects of how to successfully produce shiitake mushrooms, and the business planning aspects including marketing, budgeting, and legal requirements.
LEARN TO GROW: Consult our guidebook and videos and learn about Cornell research to improve profitability at our “How to Grow” page.
DEVELOP A BUSINESS: Walk through the short lessons below to learn about critical aspects of planning for a viable shiitake business.
Mini Business Lessons
These are being released Summer 2018, check back for more and join the listserv below to receive updates.
Lesson 1: Goals and The Mini Business Plan
DOWNLOAD: Mini-Business Plan Worksheet
Lesson 2: Managing Healthy Forests to Acquire Logs
Lesson 3: Optimizing Production & Record Keeping
This presentation highlights the aspects of planning critical to success:
Review best practices for inoculation:
ACTIVITY: Complete a log soaking calendar for your farm to help in decision making.
WANT MORE? Review Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation at our downloads page.
Lesson 4: Budgeting & Cash Flow
Best Management Practices Manual PDF (where numbers for budget came from!)
Lesson 5: Market Channel Assessment
DOWNLOAD the Market Channel Assessment Guide from CCE Tompkins County
View Past Workshop Materials
We offered several one-day workshops this past winter in eight locations around New York State this winter focused on farm viability. This is achieved with good business planning and attention to strategies which minimize costs and optimize efficiency. You can view the recordings of presentations given by Agroforestry Extension Specialist Steve Gabriel below:
Lesson One: Strategies for Efficient Cultivation
Lesson Two: From Harvest to Market
Lesson Three: When am I a farm?
CONTACT FOR MORE INFO:
Agroforestry Extension Specialist
Cornell Small Farms Program
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
KC Mangine, Fruit of the Fungi, Madison Co
Bob Wagner, Northwoods Shiitake, St Lawrence Co
Steve Sierigk, Hawk Meadow Farm, Schuyler Co
Lindsay Wickham, NY Farm Bureau
Christopher Wayne, Grow NYC
Brendan Murphy, NYC Watershed Ag Council
Tom Pavlesich, NYC Watershed Ag Council