Celebrating a mushroom milestone!
February 22, 2016 2 Comments
What’s one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This saying resonates to Julian and my bones – so much that our entire mushroom farm consists of utilised waste products. Imagine if we could build one farm to advance health and protect the environment. Imagine if we could transform used sea containers into an insulated mushroom laboratory that’s resilient to Perth’s heat. A fungi farm that’s space efficient, powered by used cooking oil on a proximal urban block in Fremantle. Proximal enough to cycle our second hand bicycle that tows an old ‘kiddy carrier’ transformed to a coffee waste collection trailer…
The Kick Start We Needed
Many people nationwide have backed our vision for connecting Australians to grow their own mushrooms from coffee waste and October 30th, 2015 marked the first milestone. We raised $30,000 in a crowd funding campaign to do so. An overwhelming support was felt by us from families and individuals from all Aussie states! Local business sponsors were tremendous from Encycle, Gesha Coffee Co., Antz Inya Pantz, Sparrow’s Simplicities and Simply Carbon. The City of Fremantle were our biggest fans who kick started our journey by inviting our project to be a part the Freo Match One Planet Living project and contributing a whopping $15,000 to the campaign.
The Farm to Fruition
On the 21st of February 2016 Australia’s first urban mushroom farm is open for production! Julian’s 50kg coffee collection went smoothly as Gesha Coffee Co., Bib and Tucker, May Street Larder and The Shipping Lane all diverted their waste from landfill and onto local food production. Julian suited up and got mixing. The bags are looking pristine on the shelf and ready for inoculation!
We can’t wait to be back on the bike tomorrow for more coffee collection. The end goal of connecting people to growing food at home and utilising valuable waste is a constant motivator that keeps a spring in our step. Check out our special mushroom box presale that offers free delivery nation-wide.