Log-Grown Shiitake: Economics and Management for a Profitable Crop

  • Friday, February 16, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The cultivation of shiitake mushrooms offers farmers and woodlot owners a good opportunity to utilize their forested lands while turning a profit. Startup costs are low, and previous Cornell research indicates that profitability can be achieved in the second or third year of dedicated production. As with any farming venture, viability is achieved with good business planning and attention to strategies which minimize costs and optimize efficiency.

Anyone who is a resident of New York State or who farms in New York and is growing commercially, starting a new enterprise, or considering commercial production is welcome to attend. The workshop content will cover aspects of production important to selling mushrooms in New York, including safety, sanitation, marketing, and regulations. Learn more about cultivation at: http://cornellmushrooms.org/factsheets

Those who attend one of the workshops or the online livestream are eligible to participate in an advanced training group and receive one-on-one support for the 2018 growing season. Details of this opportunity will be provided at the workshop.

Friday, January 19 at the Wyoming County Extension, 36 Center St. Suite B, Warsaw, NY 14569

Saturday, January 20 at the Schuyler County Extension, 323 Owego St, Montour Falls, New York 14865

Friday, January 26 at Clearpool Model Forest, 33 Clearpool Rd, Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512

Saturday, January 27 at Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003

Friday, February 2 at NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd; Syracuse, New York 13209

Saturday, February 3 at Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, 203 N Hamilton St, Watertown, NY 13601

Friday, February 16 at the Agroforestry Resource Center, 6055 NY-23, Acra, NY 12405

Saturday, February 17 at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NY-22, Essex, NY 12936

LIVE WEBINAR TRAINING: Friday, March 2nd online (access anywhere with a high-speed connection)

Local Extension Contacts:

Jen Stengel, CCE of Putnam County, 845-278-6738 jjs95@cornell.eduTracey Testo, CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties 518-622-9820x41 tet35@cornell.edu

State-Wide Contact:Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Extension Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program

sfg53@cornell.edu, 607-342-2825

No one is turned away for lack of funds- contact sfg53@cornell.edu for info.


$30/person includes lunch and handouts (online livestream 3/2 is $20)

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Tracey Testo
Program Coordinator, Natural Resources & the Environment
(518) 622-9820 ext.119


Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 Route 23
Acra, New York 12405