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Mushrooms on the Farm: How to Grow Mushrooms Outdoors at Randall's Island Park

Mushrooms on the Farm: How to Grow Mushrooms Outdoors

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Join the Randall's Island Urban Farm for a crash course in mushroom cultivation. In this two-hour workshop, you'll learn about the life cycle of mushrooms and the basic parts of the fungi that produce edible mushrooms. Working alongside farmers and trained mushroom educators, you'll put a couple methods of cultivation into practice to inoculate our fields with wine cap and oyster mushroom spawn. Short farm tour included. Registration required on Eventbrite, link found through the website link. Registration starts April 1 and continues until the class is full. Location: Urban Farm

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About Randall's Island Park

10 Central Rd.

Randall's Island, NY


  • Standard hours: Daily, 5-12am

  • Randall’s Island Park offers New Yorkers over 60 athletic fields (more than half the fields in Manhattan!); Icahn Stadium, a world-class track & field facility; the Sportime Tennis Center, which features 20 state-of-the-art courts; the Randall’s Island Golf Center, comprising a driving range and two miniature golf courses; and miles of waterfront pathways. RIPA has focused not only on developing the Park’s athletic facilities but also on restoring the Island’s natural resources. In spring 2008, RIPA completed a $5 million restoration of the Island’s Little Hell Gate Inlet salt marsh and freshwater wetlands; today, the sites improve water quality as well as provide precious wildlife habitat. The Park also features an Urban Farm comprising a wide variety of produce in over 80 vegetable beds, including four rice paddies and an apple orchard. Additionally, the Alliance has made it a priority to better the Island’s passive recreational areas, which has resulted in improved picnicking areas as well as scenic pathways for walking, running, and bicycling.

    In addition to athletic facilities and expansive natural areas, the Island is also home to a sprawling event site that hosts a number of special events every year. Located between Icahn Stadium and the Harlem River, the event site has welcomed notable concerts, art fairs, and cultural festivals, including Governors Ball and the Frieze Art Fair.

    Randall’s Island Park now attracts over 3 million visitors to the Island per year, many of whom are local children and families who participate in our free public programming.