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Veterans in Ag: Controlled Environment Mushroom Production

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 10:00am to 3:00pm

EquiCenter Farm 3247 Rush Mendon Rd, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

Farm OPS, a project of the Cornell Small Farms Program, is providing series of training workshops throughout 2019 for veterans interested in agriculture. Veterans interested in these programs must be enrolled at a VA facility in NYS (VISN2 area). 

The second part of the mushroom course offerings, this course will provide practical instruction for designing and building controlled atmosphere mushroom production spaces. Learn the basic techniques and equipment required to start producing mushrooms on a small scale commercially. Focus will be on the importance of proper design, layout, and equipment so that profitable production can be achieved using limited space and labor. Recommended prerequisite: Learning to Work with Mushrooms & Fungi.

This course will be taught by Eric Myers of Myers Mushrooms. Eric is currently serving as a Technical Sargent in the United States Air Force as a Vehicle Mechanic and has been growing mushrooms commercially at home for 4 years. In 2015 he realized the potential for gourmet mushroom production in small spaces, as well as the market demand for gourmet mushrooms to be local. This inspired him to start producing mushrooms in his garage. Eric has shared his experience and his designs via his popular YouTube channel, which has provided thousands of growers with examples oftools and methods for efficient indoor mushroom cultivation. Eric developed and refined a low-pressure single-drum sterilizer, an alternative to commercial autoclaves, which equipped small scale mushroom growers with an affordable, easy to build, commercial grade option for bulk substrate sterilization. In 2017 Eric launched his Hands-on Cultivation Class and has since been mentoring hundreds of small-scale growers across the US. Eric and his family recently relocated with the military to Haysville, KS andexpanded to a 2,400 sq/ft warehouse. This workshop will be an accelerated version of Eric’s 2-day Hands-on Cultivation Class.

This workshop will be held at the EquiCenter Farm, and lunch is provided. 

It is recommended that students arrive around 9:30 a.m. to get coffee, tea and snacks, and get checked-in and settled before the class begins.

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