Shiitake Mushroom Farming Workshop

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shiitakemushroomsThe Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Cooperative Extension will be hosting Specialists from the NC A&T Mushroom Program to teach a workshop on how to grow shiitake mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms are popular because of their delicious, smoky flavor and their versatility in recipes. They are high in iron and B vitamins which help boost our immune system. Shiitake mushrooms are also recognized as a health promoting food because compounds found in shiitake mushrooms may help prevent cardiovascular disease.

The type of mushroom farming taught in this workshop involves inoculating mushroom spawn into sweet gum or oak logs. To participate, bring 2-4 freshly cut, oak, or sweet gum, logs. It is important that the logs be from live, dormant, trees. Any type of oak, or sweet gum, is acceptable. Logs must be freshly cut within 2 weeks of workshop. Logs cut between the dates of February 7th to February 23rd will be the best for this workshop. Dead trees are already infested with wild fungi and will not be successful.

The logs should be 4-8 inches in diameter, 4 feet long and in good condition with the bark intact. One log will be donated to NC A&T’s Mushroom Program. Participants will keep the rest of their logs after inoculating them.

Farmers interested in raising 200 shiitake logs or more, could be eligible for free spawn by participating in this workshop and enrolling in NC A&T’s Mushroom Program. The workshop will be held on Monday, February 23, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the EBCI Cooperative Extension Center at 876 Acquoni Road in Cherokee. NC. The workshop is free, but registration is required. To register call Sarah (828) 359-6935 or Trish at (828) 359-6933. Everyone is welcome. The workshop will include an indoor classroom session and hand’s-on inoculation outside, so dress for the weather.