Farmer Grants, 2012
Integrating ducks into log-grown shiitake mushroom production for slug control and added yields
Grant recipient: Steve Gabriel, Work With Nature, Trumansburg NY
The farmer’s preliminary trial placed seven ducks in with 30 shiitake logs, which led to a significant reduction in slug damage to the mushroom crop. The farmer will now test more systematically the impact of 40 or more ducks on a 700-log commercial mushroom operation, with an eye to selecting breeds for temperament, foraging ability, and weight gain. Outreach will be via a manual describing duck breeding and selection and methods for using ducks for slug control, along with a fact sheet describing best practices.
Grant amount: $13,691
Grant ID number: FNE12-745