Growing Gourmet Mushrooms on Woodland Wastes

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $4,201.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Tina McMurray
Weeping Birch Farm


  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms


  • Crop Production: agroforestry
  • Education and Training: demonstration, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal summary:

    Waste from managed woodlands—stumps, brush, and leaves—will be used as the substrate for a variety of edible mushrooms to be sold at local and urban markets. The farmer will track costs, the relative success of different varieties, and the overall feasibility of growing in different mixtures of logging wastes. He will also develop market data, and project results will be disseminated to other farmers through workshops, extension, and the general media.

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