2019 Indoor Mushrooms

Indoor Specialty Mushroom Cultivation

A new collaboration with Farm School NYC and Cornell Small Farms Program,
Cornell Cooperative Extension Urban Agriculture Program

Photo Credit:  Cornell Small Farms Program

Photo Credit: Cornell Small Farms Program

Dates: Tuesdays, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Cost: Sliding Scale based on income – $300, $240, $180 or $120, plus $20 for mushroom cultivation kit (See tuition level chart)
The People’s Forum, 320 W 37th St New York, NY 10018

Course Description

Cultures around the world have revered mushrooms as a vital source of nutrition and healing for centuries. For contemporary farmers, mushrooms can be much more than an emerging and lucrative niche crop, they offer communities opportunities to address issues of unequal access to land, infrastructure and capital, which are all identified barriers to equity and justice in food production.

Farm School NYC, Cornell Cooperative Extension Urban Agriculture Program and Cornell Small Farms Program are partnering on this six-week course that explores the ethnography and social justice aspects of growing mushrooms and trains new and experienced farmers in the background, techniques, and economics of farm scale indoor commercial production. Students will learn about mushroom cultivation, harvesting and marketing and will receive spawn and guidance to try mini mushroom experiments at home.

Course Details

The course combines Farm School NYC’s participatory, popular education approach to learning and focus on social justice and sustainable agriculture with Cornell Small Farms Program’s remote learning curriculum, Indoor Specialty Mushroom Cultivation. Students will gather from 6pm – 9pm on Tuesday evenings to participate in Cornell’s 90-minute mushroom cultivation webinar together and then explore how indigenous and other cultural history and practice, race, class, and social justice relate to the themes raised in the webinar.

Course Facilitators


Jie Jin is a mushroom grower and founder of Curiouseed, an education studio dedicated to cultivating eco consciousness through playful, experimental and hands-on programming and experiences. Currently Curiouseed is focused on connecting people with the fascinating yet largely overlooked world of fungi. Jie is a member of New York Mycology Society and a certified permaculturist. She founded the Teaming with Fungi Meetup, and has taught or spoken at GrowNYC, NYC Parks, Queens Botanical Garden, CUNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Civic Art Lab, Fou Gallery, among others. Previously, Jie ran programs for children and women in rural southwest China and spent nearly a decade helping to build a mission driven startup. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

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Yolanda Gonzalez is an Urban Agriculture Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension. She holds a dual degree in Master of Science in Environmental and Community Land Planning from SUNY ESF and Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish Literature from SUNY Geneseo. Yolanda's most recent experience as an Excelsior Fellow at the NYS Office of General Services in the Organizational and Workforce Development Unit has given her process improvement skills that will help urban growers maximize efficiency and profitability in limited spaces. Her background is mostly in small-scale production, working on a number of small farms in Maine, Pennsylvania, and Long Island.

Webinar Facilitators:

Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Specialist for Cornell Small Farms Program, co-owner of Wellspring Forest Farm, and co-author of Farming the Woods

Willie Crosby, owner of Fungi Ally