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Hello to All you Good People!!

Let me introduce myself; my name is Clinton Asprey, I am 24, and I live in Austin, Minnesota. I grew up in this town and have my diploma as well as a little bit of college. Right now I am focused on growing a business in either commercial organic mushroom production or commercial botany; a combination of both would be ideal 

I have been partnered with a small family-owned greenhouse/bakery/grocer at the edge of town for a couple years now. Jim's Superfresh Produce is the name of the store. Jim Stiles, the owner, is a great guy and he generously offered use of his greenhouses and walk-in cooler just to get me started in producing enough Blue Oyster mushrooms for marketing to the general public.

His help was so essential to learning about small-business and growing in the world of organic cultivation. I got to a point of producing what I would call a small-scale commercial level working solely by myself. Jim oversaw the operation and basically took me under his wing to teach me basic inventory taking, advertisement, and marketing strategies. It was a wonderful learning experience

I used only organic materials for substrates. Organic Rye Berries were bought from a local store; Good Earth Natural Foods. The rye was used for spawn production while organic oat straw was purchased right from Jim's Superfresh to be used as a bulk material. The mushrooms were grown inside the main-greenhouse during our cold Minnesota Spring and eventually moved outside in the shade as summer heated up.

Sales were a bit slow at first but steadily went along as production increased. I would bike there everyday just to water the oysters and mostly to talk with customers about the many benefits of mushrooms in general. After many requests and ideas from customers and Jim, I began making up straw log "kits" for people to buy and take home to grow. Those sold quite well and were simple enough for a 5 year old child to care for.

I have been into mycology since I was about 18 years old and have been growing mushrooms on and off ever since. Recently in the past few years, my passion has been expanding into botany as well. I have a collection of various exotic plants from around the world as well as rare cacti. I take great pride and joy in growing anything that grows.

I also have a passion for nature that is ever-growing. I love to help people out in any way I am able to. Ultimately, I believe I will do this for the rest of my life and never get tired of it!

I would love to hear back from anyone that has an opportunity for me to do some work or even just apprentice in any kind of organic farming. I feel I have the energy and drive to contribute some skills of value to your establishment. If you are looking for someone to help, please hit me back either in a PM on here or at my e-mail address-----> psilocelium@gmail.com

Thank You Very Much
& Have an Awesome Day!! 
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