Shiitake & Forest Farming Workshops

Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:00am - 3:00pm

Clearpool Campus
33 Clearpool Road, Carmel, NY 10512

Two workshops for large and small landowners!
Start with an introduction to growing your own shiitake mushrooms. Then advance your knowledge with an exploration of forest farming and what else you can grow.

Intro to Shiitake Growing
10:00am – 12:00pm

The Lower Hudson Valley is filled with magnificent forests which benefit wildlife and filter our water supply. These forests also support our communities and a uniquely delicious product, the shiitake mushroom. In this workshop you will get a hands-on introduction to producing log-grown shiitake. You will learn what makes shiitake mushrooms a fantastic local product and experience the steps to growing shiitake by inoculating your own log.

This presentation is designed for adult participants and is offered in partnership with natural resource professionals from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County.
The session will include an indoor component and an outdoor demonstration; participants should dress accordingly.

$20 fee for the workshop includes an inoculated log to take home. Additional logs available for inoculation and purchase. Space is limited, register now!

Register for Shiitake Growing

Forest Farming: What’s Next?
1:00 – 3:00pm

Growing shiitake mushrooms is often a first step for those interested in forest farming. Shiitake mushroom logs are easy to care for and fruit reliably. But what else can you grow on your forested lands?

In this introductory lecture we’ll talk about other mushroom crops, native forest fruit-bearing trees, and forest floor horticulture crops. We’ll cover the challenges and joys of growing in the woods from experienced natural resource professionals from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County.

This presentation is designed for adult or young adult participants. It will be held indoors and may include optional outdoor components. Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear is strongly recommended. $10 fee.

Register for Forest Farming

Contact Matt Smetana at [email protected] or 845.216.0239

Workshops made possible through a partnership between Green Chimneys, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County and the Watershed Agricultural Council.