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Learn to Grow Mushrooms in Upcoming NYC Workshop

Specialty mushrooms are easy to grow and maintain, making them a lucrative product for beginning and experienced growers alike. These mushrooms often require little start-up costs, and may even only require materials you already have on hand. 

On Wednesday July 17, the Cornell Small Farms Program’s specialty mushroom project is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Grow NYC, and Just Food to host a workshop on specialty mushrooms production. The workshop will cover how to grow mushrooms, focusing on their potential as a small enterprise for community and local markets. 

During the workshop participants will learn how to inoculate a shiitake log, grow oyster mushrooms on straw, and plant wine cap mushrooms into wood chips. Everyone who completes the workshop will leave with materials to produce their own mushrooms. 

The workshop will be lead by Yolanda Gonzalez an Urban Agriculture Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY that lives in NYC supporting urban farmers.  Additional expertise will be provided by Jie Jin, a mushroom grower and founder of CuriouSeed, an education studio dedicated to cultivating eco consciousness through playful, experimental and hands-on programming and experiences. Steve Gabriel, an extension specialist for Cornell Small Farms Program and a mushroom farmer in the Finger Lakes, will also provide instruction and addition expertise. 

The workshop will take place at Green Valley Garden (Isabahlia Farm) at 93 New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212 — at the corner of New Lot Ave and Sackman — from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This workshop is offered for free, thanks to supportive funding from the USDA and Cornell Cooperative Extension. However, space is limited and participants are asked to only register if they are committed to coming. To register, visit:

For more information on mushrooms, visit our project page or check out the Harvest NY Urban Ag Program on Instagram


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