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.

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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.

@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!


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):

@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 🍄


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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