Growing Mushrooms Is Popular Extension Class
Drilling, waxing and spawning -- three components of the hottest class at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Jefferson County.Growing mushrooms is all the rage. Fungi enthusiasts stopped by the extension in Watertown to learn about growing shiitaki mushrooms. The method involves drilling a hole in a log, inserting the mushroom spawn into the hole, and then waxing over the holes. People say it's worth the work. "I just like the taste of them," said student Robert Peterson. "We use them almost every day at the house for cooking." "They're good for you and if we can do it ourselves and make it a little bit cheaper to keep them going every week, then we're going to do that." Shiitaki mushrooms are great for beginners because they are fairly inexpensive and easy to grow.