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Attention Educators & Service Providers: Let’s Talk Mushrooms

By Kacey Deamer / October 3, 2018

Did you know that the Cornell Small Farms Program has been offering specialty mushroom resources and extension education for 10 years? This has occurred through our website, online courses, and in-person workshops. Now we need your help to continue this important work. To all extension/university or non-profit educators, government agency employees, and private consultants — please complete…

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Calling Specialty Mushroom Growers: Please Complete Survey on 2017 Harvest

By Carli Fraccarolli / March 8, 2018

The Cornell Small Farms Program is seeking farmers who have grown and sold specialty mushrooms commercially during 2017 in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania to respond to a survey about their harvest numbers, sales, and marketing strategies. The goal in collecting this information on an…

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Agroforestry in Practice: a 3-day training for Service Providers

By Steve Gabriel / September 27, 2017

Agroforestry in Practice: 3-day training for Service Providers October 17, 18, and 19, 2017 Montour Falls, NY at the Schuyler County Cooperative Extension Agroforestry is the science and art of combining trees and forests with crop production. It is a topic of great interest to many landowners and farmers and offers many promising enterprises including…

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CCE Chenango Begins Work on Statewide Value Added Forest Products Initiative

By Tara Hammonds / April 3, 2017

Farmers and woodland owners have opportunities to generate income from their woodlands. by Rich Taber CCE Chenango has received a grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute “Increased Farm Viability and Diversification through Value Added Forest Products”.  The impetus for this project was due to the fact that 66% of New York Farms (23,576)…

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Learn to grow mushrooms at 11th Annual Camp Mushroom

By Steve Gabriel / January 15, 2016

June 3 – 4 Hidden Valley Camp, Watkins Glen NY Friday 5 – 9pm, Saturday 9 am – 4pm Camp Mushroom is Cornell University’s annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms. This year marks the 11th year of the…

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Learn about Farm Scale Commercials Mushroom Production

By Tara Hammonds / January 7, 2016

Farm Scale Mushroom Cultivation (BF 150) Growing Shiitake and Other Mushrooms for Fun and Profit an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Tues. February 23 – March 29, 2016, with webinars held each Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00pm. http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/woodland-mushroom-cultivation-bf-150/ Mushrooms are an emerging niche crop with many benefits, including improving farmer stewardship of forested…

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Getting Started Right for Successful Ginseng Production

By Tara Hammonds / October 5, 2015

by Bob Beyfuss Commercial ginseng production has a long history and affiliation with Cornell University. I have a collection of Cornell publications dating from as early as 1904 on topics as specific as “Phytopthora Root Rot of Ginseng” and as general as “Diseases of Ginseng”. At one time, circa 1910, there were as many as…

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Lion's Mane: A new candidate for profitable forest mushroom cultivation

By Tara Hammonds / April 6, 2015

by Ken Mudge Forest cultivation of shiitake mushrooms has become one of the most important non- timber forest crops in the Northeast. Well-established methods of cultivation, along with strong market demand for log cultivated shiitake, have made it a fairly reliable crop for experienced as well as beginning forest farmers. Yet, Shiitake is only one…

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Growing Mushrooms for Fun and Profit

By Rachel Whiteheart / April 4, 2010

By Rebecca Hargrave In the Fall 2009 issue of Small Farms Quarterly, Mike Farrell wrote an introductory article on some agroforestry topics, including maple syrup production and nuts. There are dozens of other crops that can be farmed in the understory of a forest including ginseng, floral and ornamental crops, specialty wood products, fruits, and…

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