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New Resources Available for Specialty Mushroom Growers

By Anna Birn / March 16, 2020

We are excited to announce the release of a new Harvest to Market Guide for producers interested in growing specialty mushrooms. This resource is the product of a cooperative effort conducted by the Cornell Small Farms Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, consultant growers, and other supporting organizations.  This guidebook is meant to serve as a companion…

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How Are You Building Farm Resilience in this Crisis

By Anu Rangarajan / March 13, 2020

Please share ideas about how we can take care of ourselves, our farms, and our local communities.

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F. Strategic Marketing/Channel Assessment

By Anna Birn / March 4, 2020

G. Strategic Marketing/Channel Assessment If you look at the budgeting numbers above, you might be surprised as how many hours beginning growers are projected to spend on sales and marketing, which accounts for 10% of the total time spent. This section offers some ideas about how to approach marketing and channel assessment for your products.…

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D. Business Planning

By Anna Birn / February 26, 2020

                            D. Business Planning Before diving deeper into aspects of business planning for your shiitake enterprise, it’s worth taking a few minutes to brainstorm and answer the following questions: WHY:  Your objective.                     …

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B. When Am I A Farm?

By Anna Birn / February 26, 2020

B. When Am I A Farm? The answer to this question varies, as different programs and agencies each have their own thresholds for what is officially considered a farm. Below are some basic first steps to follow to create a farm business and start generating sales. The table following the checklist provides some information sources…

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Section 2: Enterprise Planning

By Anna Birn / February 24, 2020

                        Section 2: Enterprise Planning This section offers a number of resources to support farmers in planning their enterprise. These aspects are often left to the last minute, but the more one can get ahead in their planning and enterprise design, the more the…

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Value Added Products

By Anna Birn / February 18, 2020

Value Added Products H. Dehydrating Mushrooms Mushrooms that are poor quality, or that a grower is unable to sell, are perfect for any number of value-added products. Shiitake is excellent as a dried product, and is easy to dry. Additionally, recent research from Penn State and Paul Stamets has also discovered some compelling arguments that…

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Post-Harvesting Handling

By Anna Birn / January 27, 2020

Section 1: Post Harvest Handling While many growers focus heavily on the technical aspects of production, it is the post-harvest handling and sales that counts in making for a profitable enterprise. Specialty mushrooms are defined as any species other than the Agaricus bisporus (button, crimini, portabella), which accounts for over 90% of the current US…

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Harvest to Market Guide

By Anna Birn / January 22, 2020

Harvest to Market Guide DEVELOPING A VIABLE SPECIALTY MUSHROOM ENTERPRISE Download the Harvest to Market Guide PDF Section 1: Post Harvest Handling a. Safety & Sanitation b. Harvest, Cleaning, & Storing c. Grading d. Weighing e. Packaging & Labeling f. Pricing g. Guidance for Wild Mushroom Sale in NYS  (coming soon)         …

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2019 Archive Small Farms Newsletter

By Kacey Deamer / January 1, 2020

Our Small Farms Newsletter brings you farm announcements, events, job and internship opportunities, grant and loan opportunities, and other farming resources. It is intended for farmers and agricultural service providers in New York and the Northeast. The newsletter reaches more than 10,000 farmers, aspiring farmers, and agricultural service providers. Of those recipients, 41% of these…

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