Mushroom Workshop

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shiitakemushroomsThere will be a mushroom workshop at Brasstown Community Center on February 20, 9:00-1:00. The educational seminar will provide information and hands-on training for growing mushrooms. Please call or come by the N.C. Cooperative Extension office in Murphy to preregister. Registration fee will be $10 and will cover the cost of materials such as the mushroom spawn, tools, and wax. If you plan to attend, please bring with you three logs in the following dimensions: 4-6” inches in diameter by 3 to 4’ feet in length. Cherry, poplar, and cherry are all suitable types of wood, however, oak is preferred for optimal growth and longevity. It’s best to have fresh cut logs. Preregistration is required and the deadline is 5 p.m. on February 19th. Call immediately, seating is limited and we have had waiting lists the last five mushroom workshops. For more information or to register, please call Cherokee County Extension office at 828.837.2210.

We will be offering another Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification program for local beef cattle producers. BQA is a voluntary program in which cattle producers assume responsibility for producing beef that is a healthy, quality product and free from injection-site lesions and bruises and other defects that are often the result of poor handling practices. The certification, which is good for a three-year period and requires a recertification every three years following, can also offer potential price advantages to producers who plan to market cattle through graded sales.

 The training will be held at The Cherokee County Extension office in Murphy on February 25th from 8:00-12:00 p.m. The certification will cost $15 for NC Cattlemen’s Association members and $40 for non-members. The training will cover feeds, feed additives & medications, record keeping, handling, hauling and husbandry practices.

 Preregistration is required in order to attend the training. For more information or to preregister, please call the Cherokee County Extension Office by February 24th at 837-2210.