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.
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.
DATES & LOCATIONS:
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: https://www.easymapmaker.com/map/2018LogShiitakeWorkshops
Workshops run from 9am to 4pm, with a catered lunch included.
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 $$
- Strains and Spawn
- Management – Pests, Moisture, etc
11:00am The Production Chain: From Harvest to Market
- Safety & Sanitation
- Harvest and Storage
- Cleaning and Grading
- Packaging & Labeling
- Value Added Products
12:00pm LUNCH (provided)
1:00pm Marketing & Channel Assessment – Small Group Discussion
2:00pm Enterprise Planning
- Risk Management & Insurance
- The Schedule F, Taxes, Agricultural Assessment for Land
- Budgeting, Cash Flow, Records
3:30 Head Home
REGISTRATION CLOSED ONLINE, PLEASE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org for INFO.
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 email@example.com for info.)
Funding for this project is provided by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and administered through the New York Farm Viability Institute.
Agroforestry Extension Specialist
Cornell Small Farms Program
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 www.CornellMushrooms.org/suppliers
Keep up to date on each of these items as they develop by joining the listserv, below!
We would like to hear from both active and interested New York farmers who want to participate in the project.
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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