Shiitake Workshop

Last Saturday, a group of about 15 people came out to Eden Hall for a workshop on forest grown shiitake mushroom production led by Allen Matthews. It was a gorgeous spring day, and it was nice to be able to work outside and look forward to a harvest of tasty mushrooms as the weather continues to warm.

The workshop included a presentation on the ins and outs of forest grown shiitake production, based on Allen’s years of research with UVM, Cornell University, and shiitake producers throughout the northeast. (If you are interested, you can go here to view and download the “Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation in the Northeastern United States” that Allen helped create.)

After the presentation, we went outside where Allen demonstrated how to inoculate logs with shiitake spores, and then everyone jumped in and tried their hand at it.

It was a great day at the farm, and hopefully some participants will try growing their own log-grown shiitakes at home. Next time you’re at the farm, check out our shiitake laying yard if you haven’t yet! Maybe you’ll get lucky and get to take a log-grown shiitake or two home for dinner.

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About katiecaminadora

Katie is a northern California native sojourning in Pittsburgh in pursuit of an MA in Food Studies at Chatham University. In addition to manipulating agricultural products through cooking, fermentation, canning, and other forms of preservation, she enjoys digging her hands in the earth, goat-wrangling, and getting outdoors at every opportunity.

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