Forest farming of shiitake mushrooms can be a great on-farm enterprise for farmers with wooded land. It's an agroforestry practice that increases crop diversity while providing diversified income for farmers and other forest owners. Shiitake mushrooms are grown on fresh-cut pole-sized logs which may be obtained from thinning as part of sustainable forest management. They begin producing mushrooms after one year and continue producing for up to 5 years.
As part of a three-year project, three farmer advisers who are mushroom growers, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Cornell University's Arnot Forest are leading education and research activities. The project was made possible through a grant from USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).
Steve Gabriel, Work With Nature Ecological Design Solutions
Allen Matthews, Chatham University
(formerly with UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture)
Steve & Julie Rockcastle, Green Heron Growers
E-mail Steve & Julie
Steve Sierigk, Hawk Meadow Farm
Marilyn Wyman, Agroforestry Resource Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Ben Waterman at 802-656-9142 or email@example.com.