Shiitake Mushroom Workshops 2/24 & 3/24

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Extension offers Hands-on Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation Workshops:
Friday, February 24, 2017 in Matney & Friday, March 24, 2017 in Meat Camp


Cultivating gourmet and medicinal mushrooms on logs has been a popular small farm enterprise in the High Country region for decades. The abundance of forested lands, and interest in local foods and medicines can make mushrooms a good fit for many landowners, farmers, and gardeners. While cultivating gourmet mushrooms such as shiitake and oyster on freshly-cut logs is a straightforward process, growers need to pay attention to certain details in order for the endeavor to succeed.

Cooperative Extension will offer two hands-on log mushroom cultivation workshops in Watauga County, NC during the 2017 inoculation season. The first will take place on Friday, February 24 in the Matney area, and the second a month later on Friday, March 24 in the Meat Camp area. Each workshop will run from 2-6 p.m., and will cover the details of selecting mushroom species to grow, finding and cutting logs to use as substrate, choosing a cultivation site, and managing the logs for productive harvests. Participants will have the chance to examine and try-out tools that make log cultivation fast and easy.

Registration for these workshops costs $10 per person to cover tools and materials costs. Participants wanting to take-home a shiitake log of their own can pay an additional $10 (i.e.- $20 total) and receive an inoculated log of around 3’ length x 6” diameter as part of the workshop.

Parking is limited at each of the workshop sites, so advance registration is required. Each workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Participants will receive detailed driving directions to the host farm of the workshop of their choice upon registration.

For more information, e-mail or call the Watauga County Extension Center at 828-264-3061.