4-H Students Grow Their Own Shiitake Mushrooms

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Hundreds of high schools students were in Gainesville for a week-long immersive college experience, called 4-H University. 4-H is a youth development program intended for kids to do hands on learning activities based here in Florida.

Students got to learn about soil levels and shiitake mushrooms and even got to grow their own mushrooms!

The workshop was provided through the UF/IFAS Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program and the UF/CALS Field & Fork Campus Food Program. The goal of the workshop was to inform students on alternative crops.

Many of the students attending were already familiar with the farming industry and even grew up farming, but none of them had any experience with mushrooms.

Mallory Albritton says she farmed citrus and blueberry and her family has cattle, but growing mushrooms was a whole different ballgame.

Albritton also believes that what her and the other students have learned this week will help prepare them for college or if they want to go into the agricultural industry.

Half of the logs the students made will go home with the attendees, while the other half will go to the field & fork farm and gardens, where they will be grown and harvested.