Shiitake Mushroom Logs Headed to NYC via the sailboat Schooner Apollonia
A partnership between the Cornell Small Farms Program, Woodsman Forest Products, Schooner Apollonia, Hudson River Maritime Museum, RETI Center, and Red Hook Community Farms is piloting the carbon-neutral transport of logs from upstate forests to community farms and gardens in New York City. Join us for a kick off workshop in Kingston and help us support the project to send logs down river!
Learn to Grow Mushrooms Workshops at the Hudson River Maritime Museum
Saturday July 24th
with Steve Gabriel, Cornell Small Farms Program Specialty Mushroom Project
and members of the Mushroom Shed, New Paltz NY
Limited spaces available for 9am - 12pm
This workshop introduces participants to the wonderful world of fungi and engages them in hands-on inoculations of shiitake logs and oyster straw bags to learn the successful techniques for growing mushrooms at home. The class will also touch on uses of mushrooms including cooking, drying, and medicine.
The class fee is $50 which includes a shiitake log and a oyster kit to take home. Participants also get access to an online site with further resources. One class fee helps support us to get 3 additional logs to a community project in NYC - so your support helps others grow mushrooms, too!
Additional mushroom kits available
You can also order mushroom kits for pick up at Kingston or in Newburgh, Ossining, Red Hook Brooklyn, or Manhattan to help support our journey to NYC. These are being sold as a fundraiser for this project and the work of the Mushroom Shed.
A limited number of kits are available with the following options, and must be pre-ordered.
Shiitake Log: $40 and include a hardwood log, plug spawn, wax, and full instructions. You can inoculate this year and enjoy fruiting mushrooms in 2022!
PRE - ORDER KITS HERE:
More About the Project:
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 come from synthetic sawdust “logs” often manufactured in China and shipped over 7,000 miles to New York City.
Yet just upstream from the city are the abundant forests of New York, in need of stewardship, and logs sourced from upstate forests support the livelihoods of foresters and loggers. Species such as Oak and Sugar Maple in small diameters offer little market value but are perfect materials for mushroom cultivation. Many community farms and gardens in New York would benefit from the ability to grow their own mushrooms.
The project seeks to engage education and dialogue around making materials for mushroom cultivation more accessible to communities in the city. Cornell Small Farms Program is assessing the costs and environmental impacts of the journey, with the goal of developing feasible methods for redistributing resources for mushroom growing. Keep up with the project at the website: https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/projects/mushrooms/logs-to-nyc-project/
A partnership between the Cornell Small Farms Program, Woodsman Forest Products, Schooner Apollonia, Hudson River Maritime Museum, RETI Center, and Red Hook Community Farms is piloting the carbon-neutral transport of logs from upstate forests to agricultural projects around New York City. After transport on the Schooner Apollonia and delivery by bike trailer to Red Hook Community Farm, community volunteers will inoculate around 275 logs over two days, providing over 1,000 pounds of fresh mushrooms over the next several years.