Hi, I’m a young small time seasonal mushroom farmer looking to expand my operation. I have been farming fungi seasonally for three years growing lion’s mane, shiitake, reishi, turkey tail, enoki and oyster mushrooms. I originally had a background in culinary being a cook/chef for six years in fine dining, while also being an adamant gardener. I have always had a passion for food, and that passion has lead me on a journey to a number of interests ranging from how it is grown, to nutrition, botany, herbology and foraging. I wish to expand my relationship and knowledge of plants and food, with the hope of understanding nature and how to coexist within its systems. Food has led me to learn the importance in nurturing of our topsoil, and the vital role fungi and soil microbes plays in the health of the plant, the nutritional makeup of the crop and the structure it plays in our ecosystems. I was naturally attracted to fungi, with its mystique and rarity in house hold kitchens, to being looked at as a prized delicacy in the culinary world, to its long list of medicinal properties and uses throughout history, while also being used to repair and improve damaged soils, clean water runoff, while having the ability to breakdown plastics and can potentially be a solution to a lot of the problems we face.
I wish to be a part of a change, by practicing permaculture/regenerative holistic techniques and focus on the production of fungi. Fungi plays a vital role on earth for our existence, because mycelium connects almost all plant life together, creating a symbiotic relationship by trading vital nutrients with one another, and without the colonization of fungi on the planet, plant life would cease to exist. Mycology is basically an untouched field, hidden and waiting to be explored, leaving plenty of room to be innovative and discovered. The older generation of farmers are in need for the younger generation to take the reins into a promising future, fungi could be the key that ties all the systems together, to make us better stewards.
I’m looking for 10 acres+ with access to water and electricity, to build mushroom facility and residency while using permaculture practices to plant a food forest, consisting of orchards of nuts and fruits, with vegetables, herbs and flowers, while incorporating mushrooms throughout the framework of the area.
Willing to negotiate terms, water rights, on-site sewer, on-site private well, irrigation structures, barns/structures, pasture, woodland, soil type, electricity, land that has been certified organic, all would be ideal but would be flexible on what is and isn't included. No chemicals used in five years doesn't have to be certified organic.
I have been farming mushrooms seasonally for three years now, selling to clients and the occasional farmers market. I grow lion’s mane, shiitake, reishi, turkey tail, enoki and oyster mushrooms. Some mushrooms are too woody to consume but are highly nutritious and I turn that into dried powder and veggie capsules, and sell to customers. I have a culinary background as a cook/chef in fine dining, so I also make mushroom jerky and seasoning salt, while creating recipes. The spent mushroom blocks I dry then chip and turn into mushroom compost. My operation is small and I want to upscale my operation. Outside of mushrooms, I have gardened for about 5 years doing companion planting of different vegetables and herbs. No chemicals. No till.
I also have a little background in construction, doing trim work in my late teens early twenties before becoming a cook. I recently helped frame a garage with my father who is an independent contractor and have built my own greenhouse with a foundation for mushroom production.
Build up mushroom production sell to farmers markets and chefs. Build a building for a lab and storage space for mushroom blocks and product that can sustain up at least 100 pounds of mushroom production weekly. Start design for a permaculture food forest by planting fruit and nut trees and berry shrubs. With this, I plan on planting vegetables and herbs, flowers while incorporating mushrooms and cover crops throughout the framework of the area. Work on mushroom compost production and find ways to build up fungi and soil microbes in the soil and forests. Build a microfiltration system using fungi to clean water entering the property and use mycoremediation throughout the property and community. Build bee hives and give them mushroom extracts to build up their immunity. Make plant teas like KNF and IMO used in Korean farming practices to help them grow and build up a healthy microbiome. Work on creating a mushroom cookbook. Experiment with breaking down plastics using a certain type of mushroom. Work on self-sustainment and expand my knowledge of sustainable farming practices.
Sustain the permaculture farm by incorporating animals to help diversify the farm and provide a balance to the ecosystem. Build a house or some sort of living space and more structures for farming production. Have mushroom facility be the main contributor of income by not only selling to farmer markets and chefs but to distribute mushroom powder and products throughout the country. Build a team and start to do research trials on the benefits of mushrooms and collect data, while finding creative and innovative ways to use fungi mycelium. Educate communities of the importance of fungi, plants and food.
Would prefer to live on the land, if housing and other buildings are available that would be ideal but would be willing to live in a trailer or yurt, with a potential to build a house and structures, willing to negotiate and come to terms.
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