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In The News: Specialty Mushroom Cultivation Featured in Civil Eats

The Cornell Small Farms Program’s specialty mushroom project provides educational programming and resources to those interested in cultivating specialty mushrooms. From handbooks and supplier lists, and online classes and hands-on workshops, the mushroom project works to support those already growing mushrooms, teach beginners how to get started, and even eventually train other educators to help support the mushroom cultivation community. 

Project specialist Steve Gabriel was recently quoted in a Civil Eats article about mushroom cultivation and self-taught grower, forager, and educator William Padilla-Brown. He is also the creator of his own business: Mycosymbiotics. Padilla-Brown recently joined Gabriel for the June edition of the Cornell Small Farms Program’s free monthly mushroom webinar, where Padilla-Brown shared his insights and experiences from his journey to becoming a successful grower, business owner, and educator. 

The project also connects mushrooms growers to unique educators like Padilla-Brown, who provide a variety of expertise and viewpoints so that people from any background have the opportunity to learn more about mushroom cultivation. 

“It allows people to walk away feeling empowered and excited,” Gabriel said of Padilla-Brown’s teaching style in the Civil Eats article.

The mushroom project works closely with growers and educators like Padilla-Brown often, the second half the monthly mushroom webinar series will continue to feature information and experience from those with unique and varied experience in mushroom cultivation. 

Read more about the growing field of specialty mushroom cultivation and William Padilla-Brown on Civil Eats.

Claire Morrow

Claire Morrow

Claire is preparing to start her senior year as a Plant Science major in CALS. She is concentrating in sustainable plant production, and hopes to one day work in extension to help farmers implement sustainable practices that are both economically feasible for them and good for the planet. She is from a small town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she learned to appreciate nature and great farm fresh food. She is excited to have the opportunity to both help out with Small Farms programming and get her hands dirty on the research farm this summer.

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