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Classes & Events

Monthly Webinars:

These free webinars will occur each month and will be recorded and posted for later viewing at and at the Small Farms Program YouTube channel.

OCT 7, 12:20pm EST  -- TRADD COTTER on Mycopesticides (more info below)

NOV 13, 3:00pm EST -- STEVE GABRIEL on Sourcing Logs for Shiitake, guests TBA

DEC 4, 3:00pm EST -- TBA

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Ithaca, NY – Mushroom expert and innovative mycologist Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain in South Carolina will be visiting the Central NY area in early October, offering several opportunities for learning about different aspects of fungi and mushrooms.

Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996 Tradd founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

These events are being supported by the Cornell Small Farms Program and the FARM OPS project, the School of Integrated Plant Science at Cornell University, Bramble Herbal Collective, and Wellspring Forest Farm.


Monday, October 7


MYCOPESTICIDES: collecting and cultivating target specific fungi for insect and weed control

12:20pm          Plant Science Building, 404               FREE (no registration required)

Discover the lessons fungi teach us about balancing the challenges to crop and landscape issues at home and on farms. By understanding the ways fungi work and “teaching” them to suppress a wide range of crop pathogens, nuisance insects, and more.



Also available streaming LIVE. Sign up here for the link:



MUSHROOM FORAY w/ Tradd Cotter and the Cornell Mushroom Club

3:30pm – 6:30pm                    Meet in front of Plant Science Building

Limited to 30 people.

(up to 20 Cornell affiliates can ride in vans, others will have to drive themselves or carpool)

Visit a local forest and locate, identify, and learn about wild mushrooms with Tradd and other Cornell mycologists.

Limited spaces available please register at:


Tuesday, October 8

Veterans in Ag: The Future of Medicinal Fungi

10:00am to 3:00pm     EquiCenter Farm 3247 Rush Mendon Rd, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

Farm OPS, a project of the Cornell Small Farms Program, is providing series of training workshops throughout 2019 for veterans interested in agriculture. Veterans interested in these programs must be enrolled at a VA facility in NYS (VISN2 area).

Eligible persons can register for this FREE workshop here:


Community Mushroom Medicine

Bramble Collective, 108 W Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850

6:00 – 8:00pm

How can we learn from fungi and harness their power to create our own life sustaining medicines? Come learn from Tradd Cotter, who has been exploring and innovating the wide range of ways we can partner with fungi for personal and planetary health.

$15 - 20 suggested scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

Class size limited to 20.





Online Courses

Woodland Mushroom Cultivation

(BF 151) Growing Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Woodchips

This course trains new and experienced farmers in the background, techniques, and economics of farm scale woodland mushroom production. Students will learn the basic biology of mushrooms, cultivation techniques for shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms, proper conditions for fruiting, management needs, and harvesting and marketing mushrooms.

Indoor Specialty Mushroom Cultivation

(BF 153) Making good use of farm buildings for mushroom production

This course trains new and experienced farmers in the background, techniques, and economics of farm scale indoor commercial production. Students will learn the basic biology of mushrooms, cultivation techniques, proper conditions for fruiting, management needs, and harvesting and marketing mushrooms.

Grower Email List

The NYS-CCE mushroom list is open to any active and interested growers who want to discuss mushroom growing and enterprise development. You do not have to reside in NY to join the list. We welcome and encourage participants to ask questions and discussion various aspects of cultivation on the list.

Please follow these simple rules:
1) STAY ON TOPIC: We are here to discuss specialty mushroom cultivation and any associated topics around the production, harvest, and sales of mushrooms.

2) DON’T REPLY TO THE LIST: If you are responding to an individual. Email them directly instead of hitting “reply” and keep the list to conversations that benefit the whole group.

3) POST WITH RESPECT: The people on this list come from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Please make sure anything you share is respectful and sensitive. There is a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate content and you will be removed from the list permanently if such instances occur.

To join, fill out the form below, or read on to learn how you can join manually. Allow 2-3 business days to be added.


Cornell Mushroom Grower Listserv Sign Up

Welcome! Please enter your name, email, location, and type of grower and we will add you to the list. Your information will be kept private and only used as part of a summary of all responses.

Happy Mushrooming!

Supplier Directory

We do not endorse or recommend any particular spawn producer but rather provides this reference of suppliers in alphabetical order.

Like with a seed company, it is recommended that you check out a supplier and ask good questions before making a decision.

Amycel (USA)

Oyster Spawn

Field and Forest Products (Wisconsin)

(800) 792-6220
(715) 582-4997

N3296 Kozuzek Road
Peshtigo, WI 5415

Fungi Ally (Massachusetts)


Fungi Perfecti (Washington)

Order Line: 800-780-9126
Phone: 360-426-9292

PO Box 7634
Olympia, WA 98507

Lambert (Pennsylvania)

Mushroom People (Tennessee)

(931) 964-4400

560 Farm Road
P.O. Box 220
Summertown, TN 38483

Mushroom Mountain (South Carolina)


129 Merritt Rd
Liberty, SC 29657

Mycosource Inc (Ontario, Canada)



: 21 Maple Avenue 
Toronto ON
Canada M4W 2T5
R.R. 1 
Goodwood ON 
Canada L0C 1A0

North Spore (Maine)

Phone: (207) 845 -3500

Smugtown Mushrooms (New York)


Find Mushroom Logs

We are currently in the process of updating our directory of farmers, loggers, arborists, etc who are interested in supplying fresh cut logs for shiitake cultivation.

These directories are being expanded to the NORTHEAST US, including Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Mushroom logs on a trailer

One need for aspiring shiitake mushroom growers is to source sustainably harvested small diameter logs, known as “bolts,” for production. Bolts need to be free of defects and scarring on the bark, and are usually around 4 – 8” in diameter and about 36” long. Suitable species include Oak, Sugar Maple, Beech, and several others. Read more about specs in this FACTSHEET: