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Agroforestry-based approaches to mushroom cultivation are where it's at.

So many folx expending precious resources on complicated indoor setups when they could be growing in the forest / garden.

Most aspects of fruiting become more difficult indoors:

How do you manage temperature and humidity? How do you manage pests? What if a fan malfunctions and burns the place down? How do you pay for electricity / rent? What about contaminants and cleaning and chemicals? Etc.

smallfarms.cornell.edu/2015/04

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Cornell Mushroom Guides

'Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation'

'Totem Inoculation Factsheet'

'Buying and Selling Logs for Shiitake Cultivation'

'Shiitake Log Enterprise Budget Template'

And more.

blogs.cornell.edu/mushrooms/fa

@glyph Cornell's agriculture and life sciences school is amazing, and while it's not what must people think of when they think of Cornell, it really should be.

@glyph our oyster totems are spectacularly productive, have been for years, and require basically no maintenance. they're so quick to build (vs. drill-fill) and are such a pleasure.

another plus: oyster totems work well with poplar which is super-fast growing (compared to maple, which we manage very carefully).

our experience with lion's mane has been mixed: they are beloved by slugs and the incubation period is very long. we tend to find more impressive specimens growing in the wild!

@tehn

awesome to hear about your experiences!

not having to drill and fill is a big plus. i'm sure that speeds up the process a lot.

regarding your lion's mane totems: do you know what species and strain(s) you're growing?

here's one study which compared commercial vs. locally-isolated strains (the full paper is available on sci-hub):

link.springer.com/article/10.1

@glyph and yes, cornell is amazing. they're two hours from us--- we learned all of our techniques secondhand from friends who did workshops through their extension program. so glad to see all that information online.

@glyph the lion's mane is actually so easy to grow indoors, I don't even have a setup, I it's just a plastic bag in a cardboard box.

I'm near my second harvest now 🍄

@neauoire

that can work well if you're growing from a single kit but things change when you're cultivating on a bigger scale with dozens, hundreds or thousands of blocks.

glad to hear your second flush is happening!

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