Shiitake Mushrooms as a Farm/Forest EnterpriseThe University of Vermont and Cornell University are involved in a 3 year research initiative on the forest cultivation of shiitake mushrooms and are looking for farmers and forest owners who are interested in growing shiitakes as an alternative enterprise on their land.
Together with experienced shiitake growers from NY, NH and VT, we are developing a program that will help you to not only learn how to grow shiitake mushrooms from A to Z, but also help you to decide if you want to get into Shiitake farming on a commercial enterprise scale of at least 100 logs a year, gradually building to 500 harvestable logs at your site. Through a series of hands-on workshops and visits to actual “shiitake farms”, participants will learn about tree species selection and sustainable forest management, spawn types, laying yard deign and management, inoculation, predictable fruiting, and enterprise management. Growers will be involved in determining how to manage costs and optimize marketing opportunities which will affect profitability and thus potential for widespread adoption. Those persons selected to participate will receive shiitake spawn and assistance in inoculating their own shiitake log yard. The initiative will result in the development of a personalized 5 year enterprise plan and establishment of at least twenty 100 log trials.
Intro Workshop - April 16 & 17, 2010 Field Visit - July 18, 2010 Contact: Ken Mudge Cornell’s Arnot Forest, Ithaca, NY
Intro Workshop - May 8, 2010 Field Visit -September 12, 2010 Contact: Nick Laskovski Dana Forest Farm, Waitsfield, VT
Intro and Field visit combined: September 19, 2010 Julie & Steve Rockcastle Green Heron Growers Panama, Chataqua Co., NY
Applications and registration information are posted at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s website.
If you are interested in registering for the workshops, please contact Allen Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org) Farm Enterprise Coordinator at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture.