Agriculture & Natural Resources Program

Mushroom Production

Gourmet mushrooms are gaining attention as an alternative crop in the Appalachian Region. Producing mushrooms at the Gardens and Greenhouse demonstrates the interconnection between horticulture and forestry. Thinned timber from the College Forest is used to produce mushrooms, utilizing a locally abundant resource and producing a crop for an emerging market. Students working in the labor program during the Short Term now gain experience in this enterprise when we inoculate logs harvested from the College Forest.  The next step for shiitake mushrooms is organic certification, which can be achieved by adapting our production methods to avoid the use of any unnatural substances on the logs

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