Classes & Events
Free upcoming webinar series on commercial specialty mushroom production from Fungi Ally and Cornell Small Farms
Attendees of this online series can apply for ongoing mentoring as they develop and implement a business plan for growing mushrooms commercially. Ten growers will be accepted for intensive support from the project team in exchange for keeping track of labor and economic data while starting and operating their enterprise in the growing season of May 2020-Oct 2020. These growers will aim to grow and sell 30+ pounds of mushrooms per week through the growing season.
The class will cover:
- Developing a mission goal and strategy
- Developing a production budget
- Developing a mushroom crop plan for the growing season of 2020
- The classes will also include introduction to mushroom farming including, developing grow rooms, methods of cultivation and the expected economics of them
- Question and answer periods during and after each class
Wednesdays 6:30-8 PM EST
Feb 5, 12, and 17
More info on the project: https://fungially.com/growing-mushrooms/
NOTE: Anyone can attend the webinars, but due to the course of funding, applications are restricted to Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub award number LNE19-376.
Previous webinar recordings can be found on your YouTube Channel via this shortlink: https://tinyurl.com/2019MushroomWebinars
(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.
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.
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.
Field and Forest Products (Wisconsin)
N3296 Kozuzek Road
Peshtigo, WI 5415
Fungi Ally (Massachusetts)
Fungi Perfecti (Washington)
Order Line: 800-780-9126
PO Box 7634
Olympia, WA 98507
Mushroom People (Tennessee)
560 Farm Road
P.O. Box 220
Summertown, TN 38483 USA
Mushroom Mountain (South Carolina)
129 Merritt Rd
Liberty, SC 29657
Mycosource Inc (Ontario, Canada)
: 21 Maple Avenue
Canada M4W 2T5
Farm: 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.
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: