January Truffle Growing Workshop


Truffle Orchard Management Workshop

2-day Workshop: January 20th & 21st 2024

The Willamette Valley Truffle Company (Cartwright Truffiere) in partnership with Truffle Dog Company welcomes Mel & Gavin Booth from Australian Truffle Traders and invites you to attend our orchard management workshop held at the Cartwright Truffiere located in Cottage Grove, Oregon.


This workshop is designed for orchard owners who have trees inoculated with Tuber melanosporum (Périgord truffle) (other species welcome too!) and who are looking to create a roadmap for managing their orchard in order to bring it from planting to production. If you have an established orchard, looking to increase yields (or start production) or are considering the implications of current plant-outs, this is a great workshop for you. If you are just getting started, this workshop will provide a framework for getting started and important considerations. While other methods will be discussed, the workshop will be centered around the Australian method adapted for North American conditions and takes into consideration the time and cost constraints associated with small-scale farming.

Our guests from Australia will provide their overview and insight into the growth stage farming of truffles as well as their approach to getting a successful crop and a case study on their farm.

About the Workshop

Day 1

It is expected that on the first day we will explore the life cycle of Perigord truffle and its implications for month-by-month farming practices in order to produce commercial grade truffle. We will discuss the time and costs associated with each part of the process along with the pitfalls that have been encountered along the way. We will spend time in the orchard, which is a combination of Filbert and Oak with a varying age of 9-14 yrs allowing for discussion on various pruning techniques etc.

Day 2 

This will focus on truffle season and will be centered around dogs (what type, training, handler expectations, own or hire a team, etc.) harvesting, cleaning, grading, and going to market. You will have a chance to see and experience a productive truffle farm during the harvest season and get a chance to see what it’s like to locate and pull them out of the ground.


Workshop Details

January 20th (9 am – 4 pm) & 21st (9 am -4 pm).

Lunch at 12:30 on both days. Light refreshments are available all day.

Cost: $850 per farm (one person included). Additional members of the same farm are an additional $400 which can be purchased HERE.

*Currently we are limiting farms to a maximum of 2 people/ attendees per farm to allow for the maximum potential benefit to the most number of farms. If you have additional farm members you’d like to attend, please email us and if there is additional space available we will let you know as we get closer.

There are limited spots available.

As we have had great interest & limited spaces available, we will be offering spaces on a first come first serve basis. Please respond to Alana or Simon for more details or to book a spot by purchasing here adding to your cart and checking out.

Please respond to either Simon or Alana to register or with further questions.

If this product says “Sold Out” Please shoot us an email and we’ll get you on the waitlist for additional dates or future Workshops.


PLEASE ADD TO CART TO PURCHASE AS WELL AS SUBMIT THE FORM BELOW. Your spot cannot be reserved until you purchase. Thanks!

IF THIS SAYS SOLD OUT- Please EMAIL info@truffledogcompany.com with your request and we will add you to the waitlist and let you know of any upcoming events.


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About your Hosts/ Presenters

Mel & Gavin Booth of Australian Truffle Traders are one of Australia’s most experienced truffle families. They have been a part of the truffle industry in Western Australia for 17 years; pioneering the explosive growth of the Australian Truffle industry into international markets, hands-on from growing and distribution, to dog training and hunting. Gavin, Mel, and their son Brin, value a place on the land knowing that shortcuts don’t work. Nurturing their soil, trees, and environment is key to the perfect truffle. 

Gavin Booth hails from the West Highlands of Scotland. The son of a deerstalker he grew up on country estates, well grounded in life on the land, before serving with the Royal Navy. Mel Booth grew up in Australia and started her working life in the vineyards of the Margaret River Wine region. For many years, Mel was an expert dog trainer and handler, serving with the Australian Customs Service.

As farmers, they understand what it takes to create a successful and sustainable business in the truffle industry, from farming and nutrient adjustment to dogs and harvesting, to tourism operations. Mel & Gav have been growing Perigord Truffles in Manjimup for over 17 years, and last year harvested over 1,300 lbs on their own farm, and over 2.5 Tons of Perigord Truffle with Australian Truffle Traders.

Simon & Linnet Cartwright – Owners and operators of Cartwright Truffiere since 2007. Cartwright truffiere is one of Oregon’s oldest-producing orchards finding our first truffle on a 5-year-old oak in 2014. In January 2016 it provided the Grit restaurant in Eugene with the first commercial Perigord truffle ever produced in the PNW. Since then, production has continued to increase with the orchard providing truffle to the PNW region and further abroad, (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas etc.). In 2019, the Willamette Valley Truffle Company was launched to provide coaching services and marketing assistance to other small farms in the PNW. You can see more of their story here.


Alana McGee– Owner Truffle Dog Company. Alana has been involved in the truffle industry since 2008, and has been leading the way helping growers teach their own dogs to hunt for truffles as well as supplying establishments with both native and European species of truffles. Based in Seattle, WA, Alana and the team at Truffle Dog Co. are active in their support of the domestic wild truffle industry (with their own teams and dogs harvesting wild truffles), as well as providing canine detection services and surveys for truffieres. Alana works to help growers establish Culinary & Agritourism programs, facilitating business planning and go-to-market strategies tailored to farms’ specific needs. Alana’s expertise is canine scent detection training specifically for the domestic truffle industry as well as harvesting practices and commercialization for truffle orchards.

She holds an MBA from the University of Washington and is certified by the internationally recognized Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. See more at www.truffledogcompany.com