$2,500 — Shitake Mushrooms
Because of this grant “I will be able start growing shiitake mushrooms and purchase a dehydrator and vacuum sealer to create a value-added product.” ~ Candice Rice
C. Rice has been farming for almost 30 years. She raised tobacco, cattle, chicken, turkeys and a variety of vegetables. Candice would like to continue to farm and is looking to diversify farm production.
With the help of her extension agents Candice was able to inoculate 500 logs with shiitake mushrooms and purchase a dehydrator and vacuum sealer. She plans on creating value-added products using her new equipment and crops.
Expected income from mushroom production and sales $8,000 – $14,000.
Candice Rice is working closely with her NC Cooperative Extension Agents, Ross Young, Elizabeth Tolley and David Kendall.