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Forest Farming: Log-Grown Mushroom Webinar

Posted by patrick.shults | February 20, 2020

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View the recording of this webinar on Youtube

Click here to download a PDF of the presentation slides

Interested in Learning How to Grow Specialty Mushrooms?

Forest farming specialty mushrooms like shiitake, lions mane, oysters, and wine caps present a unique opportunity for farm and forest owners to diversify production and put something new on the dinner table.   Today, much of the specialty mushroom market is supplied by wild-foraged products but log-grown operations can provide reliable harvests on minimal acreage while retaining it’s value as a sustainable, forest-grown product.  Whether your interest is as a producer or a hobbyist, this webinar will cover the basics of log-grown mushroom operations.

What’s Covered

The webinar will walk you through the process of properly starting mushroom logs and tips for managing larger operations.   Discussions will cover all the elements of a log-grown mushroom operation, with an emphasis on shiitake, including:

  • Selecting and harvesting logs
  • Start-up costs
  • Equipment and material options
  • Selecting mushroom species and strain

  • Inoculation process
  • Moisture management
  • Dealing with contaminating fungi
  • Forcing and harvesting

When and Where

Tuesday, April 14th (4PM-6PM)

This course will be offered via a live, interactive webinar. A high-speed internet connection is needed. Dial-up will not work. You can access the webinars with your computer or mobile device. Access instructions will be provided prior to the class.

Cost and Registration

There is no cost.  The webinar platform does have limited capacity so pre-registering is required and can be done online via Eventbrite.   Registration is open until noon on April 14th.

Accommodations and Acknowledgements

This workshop is funded as a part of a WSU BIOAg grant.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Patrick Shults at 360-740-1213 or patrick.shults@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.