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Allen Matthews <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont New Farmer Network <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 6 Oct 2009 17:08:20 -0400
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Apologies if you get this more than once. You can respond directly to me 
  via this e-mail- Allen

     Greeting to anyone who has ever considered growing shiitake 
mushrooms on natural logs. At Cornell University and the University of 
Vermont we are developing a SARE proposal on the forest cultivation of 
shiitake mushroom.

I and my colleague, Allen Matthews, have observed sufficient public 
interest to warrant developing a program  that will help you learn not 
only how to grow shiitake mushrooms from A to Z, but also help you 
decide if you want to get into Shiitake farming on a commercial 
enterprise scale (>100 logs).

Allen is Farm Enterprise Coordinator at the Center for Sustainable 
Agriculture, University of Vermont. I'm an Associate Professor of 
Horticulture at Cornell, and Director of the Forest Farming and Mushroom 
Cultivation Program.

Some of the people receiving this note are already established mushroom 
growers. We would like to invite those folks to get involved as advisers 
and/or to conduct on-farm research. Along with beginning mushroom 
growers, we are developing a proposal to USDA- North East Sustainable 
Agriculture Research and Education (NE SARE) to initiate a shiitake 
enterprise development program for farmers and other forest owners in 
the Northern New England.

The approach we are considering would result in the development of a 
personalized 5 year enterprise plan and Establishment of several 100 log 
trials.  If you are interested, please take the time to answer the 
following questions, and be sure to give us any other input you would 
like make by email.

In addition to the 4 questions below, we would like to invite you to 
participate in a teleconference phone call next week. If you are 
interested in participating in the phone call, please indicate if you 
are available Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday (October 13, 14, or 15).

     1. Do you operate a farm (on any scale) with a woodlot, or are you 
a non farmer private forest owner?

     2. Would you considering growing shiitake mushroom as a source of 
supplemental income?

     2. Have you ever grown shiitake mushrooms on any scale?

     3. What do you need to know in order to start or to expand an 
existing  operation?

     4. How far would you consider traveling to participate in one or 
move of the three activities described above?

     Let us know if you wish to participate in a telephone conference 
call. If you want to be involved please send us your phone number and 
email address.    Thanks everybody.

     Kenneth W. Mudge
     Associate Professor
     Department of Horticulture
     13 Plant Science Building
     Cornell University
     Ithaca, NY
     339-6950, [log in to unmask]
     Director, Cornell Forest Farming and Mushroom Cultivation Program
     Northeast Forest Mushroom Growers Network
     How When and Why of Forest Farming
     MacDaniels Nut Grove Forest Farm