There is a resurgence of interest in mushroom production and consumption across the state of North Carolina. For the past 25 years, when farmers asked about growing mushrooms, they were usually referring to shiitake mushrooms grown on oak logs (Our new shiitake publication). But recently, inquiries are coming in on a wider variety of mushrooms including oyster, reishi, and truffles.
To see what a few of the North Carolina mushroom growers are doing, visit these pages:
- Garland Truffles in the piedmont produces truffles.
- Keep Your Fork Farm in the piedmont grows truffles.
- Landis Gourmet Mushrooms, also in the piedmont, produces several kinds of oyster mushrooms
- Deep Woods Mushrooms in the Southern mountains grows shiitakes and reishi mushrooms.
- Producing Shiitake Mushrooms – A Guide for Small-Scale Outdoor Cultivation on Logs – N.C. Cooperative Extension
- Sources of Shiitake Spawn – NC State Horticulture Information Leaflet #122
- Cultivation of Shiitake on Natural and Synthetic Logs – Pennsylvania State University
- Kentucky Shiitake Production Workbook – University of Kentucky
- Truffle Project
- Durham Independent Weekly article on truffles as tobacco alternative
- Source for Perigord truffle inoculated tree seedlings
- Perigord Truffles of Tasmania
- Mushroom production and marketing guide by ATTRA
- Penn State Mushroom Spawn Laboratory
- Cultivation of Oyster Mushrooms PDF – Penn State
Associations for Fungi Producers
Dr. Omon Isikhuemhen
North Carolina is very fortunate to have a mushroom cultivation expert in the state. Dr. Omon Isikhuemhen is an assistant professor at NC A&T State University in Greensboro. He has funding from the GoldenLEAF Foundation and others to help farmers develop a mushroom industry in North Carolina.
Dr. Omon. S. Isikhuemhen
Mushroom Biology & Biotechnology
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
Greensboro, NC 27411, USA