Mushroom Inoculation

An annual spring event at Cobb Hill has become the inoculation of a new batch of hardwood logs with shiitake spores. What could be a long and arduous job – they need to inoculate more than one hundred logs and each log has dozens of inoculation sites – is made more fun by inviting in neighbors from surrounding towns to help and learn about growing mushrooms. In return, each helper leaves the day with two inoculated logs, which they carry home and tend until they produce mushrooms next summer.