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Posts by Steve Gabriel

Steve is an Extension Specialist focused on specialty mushroom production and agroforestry. Throughout his career, Steve has taught thousands of people about the ways farming and forestry can be combined to both benefit the ecology and economies of small farms.  He is also a farmer, author, hiker, and musician.

Agroforestry Webinar Series to Discuss Stewardship, Support Resources, and More

By Steve Gabriel / April 6, 2022

Our Agroforestry project and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Agroforestry Program Work Team is again hosting a series of webinars this year, beginning in April. These webinars will feature expert speakers, highlighting the latest information and materials available.   Agroforestry describes a wide range of practices that integrate trees, forests, and agricultural production. These systems preserve…

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Apply Now for Our 2022 Community Mushroom Educator Virtual Training

By Steve Gabriel / February 21, 2022

Join our network of educators to learn how to grow and sell mushrooms, and teach these skills in the community you serve. Our ongoing partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY and Farm School NYC is offering a virtual Community Mushroom Educator Training that aims to build a cohort of educators from both urban and rural centers throughout…

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Economic Report for Log-Grown Shiitake Mushrooms (2019)

By Steve Gabriel / February 2, 2022

This project report is supported by a grant from the USDA Specialty Crop Grant Program, and New York Farm Viability Institute, with additional support from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Originally Published in 2019.   What are Specialty Mushrooms?   Specialty mushrooms are defined by USDA as any species not belonging to the genus Agaricus (button, crimini,…

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Webinars to Teach about Regulations, Certification, and the Specialty Mushroom Industry

By Steve Gabriel / January 10, 2022

Join the Cornell Small Farms Program and CCE Harvest NY this winter to learn how to navigate the various regulations and certifications in a specialty mushroom enterprise. The type, location, scale, and markets of a given farm all affect the programs that farmers are required or can choose to join. Specialty mushrooms are defined by…

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New Mushroom Project Partnership Sails Logs Downstream to NYC

By Steve Gabriel / August 1, 2021

On July 24 our Specialty Mushroom project’s Logs to NYC effort held a kickoff event with The Mushroom Shed at the Hudson River Maritime Museum to teach 25 participants how to grow shiitake mushrooms on logs and oyster mushrooms on cardboard and coffee grounds. Participants also helped load about 275 oak and maple logs onto the Schooner…

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Shiitake Mushroom Logs Headed to NYC via the Schooner Apollonia Sailboat

By Steve Gabriel / July 6, 2021

For thousands of years, mushrooms have been grown on hardwood logs from sustainably managed forest lands. Their origins trace to parts of China, Korea, and Japan. Shiitake cultivation on logs is one of the oldest known forms of agriculture. Today, log cultivation is increasingly rare, replaced by technology and now many shiitake in the US…

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teacher mushrooms outdoor class

Webinar Gatherings to Explore Intersection of Fungi and Community

By Steve Gabriel / June 8, 2021

Join our network of Community Mushroom Educators for a series of events this summer where we will collectively explore and discuss elements of fungi and their past, present, and future impacts on a wide range of communities in society. As this growing industry develops, it is critical that we ensure that everyone has access to…

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Agroforestry Webinar Series Will Showcase New Research, Techniques and More

By Steve Gabriel / May 19, 2021

Agroforestry describes a wide range of practices that integrate trees, forests, and agricultural production. These systems preserve and enhance woodland and tree landscapes and are an important solution to climate change and in developing healthy farm economics. Agroforestry is rooted in both indigenous knowledge from around the world and in the work of numerous individuals…

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Upcoming Webinars Help Explain Mushroom Growing & Foraging Regulations

By Steve Gabriel / February 1, 2021

Join our Specialty Mushrooms project for two free educational webinars that address often asked topics as we help support mushroom production in rural and urban landscapes. Specialty mushrooms are defined by USDA as any species not belonging to the genus Agaricus (button, crimini, portabella).   Our team has been working with regulatory agencies in New York…

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Shiitake mushrooms grow on a log

Speciality Mushrooms Project Launches Survey for Growers

By Steve Gabriel / January 19, 2021

Did you grow and sell at least $100 worth of mushrooms in the 2020 growing season? Then our Specialty Mushrooms project wants to hear from you. Specialty Mushrooms are defined by the USDA as any species other than Agaricus bisporus (Button/Crimini/Portobello) produced in the USA. Our project is a unique cooperative extension effort that offers technical…

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