Extension Offers Hands-on Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation Workshop in Jefferson on April 13, 2018

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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 mushroom production to succeed.

Cooperative Extension will offer a hands-on log mushroom cultivation workshop in Ashe County, NC during the 2017 inoculation season. The workshop will take place on Friday, April 13, 2018 outside of Jefferson, NC at the farm owned by Chad and Janie Poe. The workshop will run from 1-4 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.

Please call Watauga Extension’s office at 828-264-3061 in advance to register. Registration for the workshop itself is free, but we’d like a head count and contact information in case inclement weather necessitates a change to the workshop. Participants wanting to take-home one or more shiitake logs of their own can pay $10 per inoculated log of around 3’ length x 6” diameter as part of the workshop. Payments for logs can be made to the Poes on the day of the workshop, depending upon quantities available.

The Poes’ farm where the mushroom workshop will be held is located at 1756 Frank Dillard Rd. Jefferson, NC 28640. Google Maps and most other GPS or online maps will get you there, but participants are welcome to contact Cooperative Extension for directions ahead of the workshop date.

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