Specialty Mushrooms

Project Lead: Steve Gabriel, Yolanda Gonzalez

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Our project offers the leading extension resource for specialty mushroom cultivation on small farms in the United States.

Specialty mushrooms are defined by USDA as any species not belonging to the genus Agaricus (button, crimini, portabella). The most common specialty mushrooms produced are Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) and Oyster (Pleuterous ostreatus). Scroll down for our library of resources to help you grow better!

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GROWER SURVEY NOW LIVE!

The Cornell Small Farms Program has launched a grower survey for specialty mushroom producers who grew and sold at least $100 worth of mushrooms in the 2020 growing season.

The survey is now open and taking responses until February 26, 2021. This survey should take about 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

Complete by February 15 to be entered to win one of five $100 gift certificates for mushroom supplies from several companies around the U.S.

The purpose of this survey is to collect information on active specialty mushroom enterprises in the United States, including basic production figures, marketing strategy, and research and education needs from universities and cooperative extension.

All responses will be kept strictly confidential and only aggregated data will be shared publicly.

If you have questions or need help with the survey in English, contact Steve Gabriel at sfg53@cornell.edu.

Si necesita ayuda con la encuesta, envía un correo electrónico a yg88@cornell.edu.

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Demand for specialty mushrooms is rapidly rising, as consumers look to purchase more foods that are healthy, nutritious, and medicinal. There are methods to grow mushrooms outdoor systems on logs, stumps, and in beds, as well as indoor production techniques that can occur in a wide range of spaces on straw, sawdust, and other agricultural materials.

For urban growers, mushrooms offer a high value niche crop that can be grown in small spaces. For rural growers, the farm woodlot can be better utilized and healthy forests maintained while procuring materials for production.

Building a viable mushroom enterprise requires learning two skills; technical production and business planning. We help you develop both to meet your goals for production through factsheets and articles, guidebooks, videos, and opportunities to connect with other growers, industry suppliers, and more.

Click a button below to view our educational resources:

Project Partners

 

The Cornell Small Farms Program, with support from USDA-NIFA and USDA-SARE and alongside partners CCE Harvest NY, Fungi Ally, Farm School NYC, Just Food, and GrowNYC are engaged in a multi-year project to elevate and support diverse mushroom growers in the Northeast region. We are here to help! See our resources at this website, and get in touch.

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News and Updates

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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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