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Learn how to raise shiitake mushrooms

BURLINGTON-This spring, the University of Vermont (UVM) Center for Sustainable Agriculture (a unit of UVM Extension) and Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer an introductory workshop at four locations in Vermont and New Hampshire on log-grown shiitake mushroom cultivation, harvest and marketing.

Three of the workshops will be held on farms that are establishing commercial shiitake operations as part of their diversified farm plan.

Growing shiitake mushrooms as an agroforestry crop creates new opportunities for farmers and other forest owners to diversify and earn income from their woodlands.

Among the workshop topics to be covered are selection of spawn types and tree species for bolts (logs), inoculation methods, sustainable forest management practices and marketing of the specialty mushroom crop.

Dates and locations are as follows:

-April 17: Dana Forest Farm, Waitsfield.

-April 30: Shelburne Farms, Shelburne.

-May 15: Cherry Rail Farm, Brattleboro.

-May 21: Warner River Organics, Webster, N.H.

The workshop fee is $30. To register, complete the on-line application form at www.uvm.edu/sustainableagriculture/?Page=shiitakeapplication.html. Directions and workshop details will be provided upon acceptance.

Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For additional information or if requiring accommodations to participate, contact Ben Waterman at 802-656-9142 or ben.waterman@uvm.edu by April 1.

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