My wife and I have been running a mushroom farm for around 6 years now. We have been through many incarnations: at first mainly focused on medium scale gourmet production(oysters and shiitake) for farmer's markets, grocery stores and restaurants. More recently we have mainly been growing medicinal mushrooms for internet sales. We have had experience growing all varieties of oyster mushrooms, shiitake, king trumpet, lions mane, miatake, reishi, and nameko.
We are now at a cross roads, needing to find a new space to run our business. Before we commit to a new place in our area (Northern Michigan) and the debt that goes along with it, we would like to see what our other options might be. We have all the equipment needed to run a medium scale mushroom farm: pressure cookers, flowhoods, shelving, industrial fogger, and perhaps most importantly the knowledge. We are willing to at least entertain many different ideas and are open to traveling and working with different people.
I checked out the link to your website and it is inspiring. I wish you the best of luck finding the perfect opportunity to grow your business. You and your wife seem to have a well-grounded grasp on what sustainability is all about. You show that you have respect for the forest and customer base that you are growing.
I'm in KY and our area isn't conducive to your endeavors or I'd be working on an offer for you. I hope that one of these days I can find someone to help, on my farm, that has your attitude and look to the future.
Christopher G Williams
Location: Ossineke, MI
posted 4 years ago
Thank you for the kind words. I am really happy with how far we have come with our business. I think part of the issue now is that our particular local area isn't as conducive to our business as it could be. We are in a fairly remote, mostly rural area, probably not too unlike KY. I have very few complaints about our internet sales and exposure, but I think if we had a thriving local side to it also it could bring us to the next level.
As we enter into the colder months, we are sitting down to develop a land-use concept similar to Salatins feifdom model at polyface. We have 80 acres that we feel could be a real benefit to both fledgling farmers as well as veteran growers. Without too much detail at this junction, we would put forth land, water and utilities for an agreed upon share of the crop or profit split in the business. We have full comml kitchen, butchering, greenhouse and barn facilities on site. Check us out on Facebook at ABC Acres. We are located in Hamilton, MT. I would welcome the opportunity to visit should it strike your fancy. Best of luck, Tim
Youtube: ABC acres
We in southern VA and I know this area is good for mushrooms, they are everywhere. It's also a long way from your home. We are currently expanding our orchard forest and at this juncture we are looking at a host of possibilities to compliment as well as maintain. We're certified organic, working on bio-dynamic certification. here's a link to what we're doing: http://www.permies.com/t/36307/forest-garden/Permaculture-Orchard we have 100 acres, on a small river, hoop houses, barn, 2 bedroom Wwoofer cottage, blacksmith shop and main house.
I checked out your website - congratulations on satisfied customers and passion for what you are doing. Let me know how you feel about exploring options in this part of the country; I'd welcome conversing with you both.
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