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How Smallhold Farms Cultivates Rare Mushrooms for New York City Restaurants

You can find lion’s mane, royal trumpets, and blue oysters at NYC’s only mushroom farm

By Terri Ciccone
Eater Video
Nov 21, 2020
(Must see video. Mike)

Excerpt:

“There are so many reasons why I love mushrooms,” says Andrew Carter, co-founder and CEO of Smallhold farms in Brooklyn. “At its base level, they grow off of waste streams. It’s not very common to find a product that’s as ecologically sustainable that can also feed so many people,” says Carter. “Mushrooms, I think, are going to feed the world.”

This urban macro farm specializes in creating artificial environments for growing rare and unique mushrooms for local restaurants and grocers. Each environment gets strategic temperature, humidity, and lighting adjustments throughout the day. The team cultivates unique varieties like lion’s mane, pink oysters, and royal trumpets in their macrofarm, while also using mini farms in buildings all across the city.

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November 26, 2020   Comments Off on How Smallhold Farms Cultivates Rare Mushrooms for New York City Restaurants

India: The magic of mushrooms lures city professionals into farming

Most of us are still fixated on button mushrooms. Indian consumers are not exposed to specialty mushrooms like Wood Ear, Lions Maine, King Oyster, Portobello, Cremini

By Jaya Biswas
Times of India
Jul 21, 2020

Excerpt:

For Susovan Moulick, a mushroom cultivator from Kolkata, taking up mushroom business was a premeditated move. “Ever since I took up mushroom farming, there is an assured sum that I am able to bring home every month. At least I can now plan something concrete for the future of my family. I had it all planned. I was working with one of the renowned construction companies in India, which I quit. I wanted to do something on my own. So, I got a farm on rent, near Garia, where I’ve started growing mushrooms. The demand for mushrooms in the state is baffling. Even before my first harvest, I had customers lined up,” he said.

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July 28, 2020   Comments Off on India: The magic of mushrooms lures city professionals into farming

Australia: Gifted grow-your-own mushroom kit prompts Brisbane couple to start farm in backyard shipping containers

Pink oyster mushrooms are grown for their sweet taste.(ABC Landline: Courtney Wilson)

Most recently, the pair have been working to move their “mushroom masterclass”, which is usually presented in person, online.

By Courtney Wilson
Landline
June 20. 2020

Experts:

The gift of a grow-your-own mushroom kit has spawned the beginning of a gourmet mushroom farm in inner-city Brisbane.

Amy Christensen and Mickey Pascoe grow exotic mushrooms inside shipping containers in the backyard of their West End home.

“I got a grow kit as a gift one Christmas and to be honest, we didn’t do anything with it straight away, it was just something we put on the shelf for later,” Ms Christensen said.

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June 26, 2020   Comments Off on Australia: Gifted grow-your-own mushroom kit prompts Brisbane couple to start farm in backyard shipping containers

Belgium: Mushrooms Grow From Beer Waste in the Cellars of Brussels

“What really interests me is to produce locally in the city, and to exploit resources that are not used,” he said.

By The Associated Press
Feb. 25, 2020

BRUSSELS — In Belgium, a country where beer is the culinary king, its brewing also creates magic for mushrooms.

In the cellars of the famed Abattoir meat market in Brussels’ Anderlecht neighborhood, Quentin Declerck and his partners have come up with a business idea for the times: Growing exotic mushroom varieties using the spent grains from organic breweries.

With their ambient temperature never going below 11 degrees Celsius (52 Fahrenheit), the cellars are ideal to host a 3,000-square-meter (32,000-square-foot) underground urban farm, where Declerck and his associates produce organic mushrooms.

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March 2, 2020   Comments Off on Belgium: Mushrooms Grow From Beer Waste in the Cellars of Brussels

How This Brooklyn Artist Gets Dressed to Go Mushroom Foraging

With a block of reishi mushrooms at the Smallhold farm, where Ma was first inspired to start her project. The jumpsuit is Lazy Oaf, and the shades are custom Moscot (Ma used to work there as a window dresser).Photo: Courtesy Of Sam Bruchez

Ma’s environmental interest extends to her closet, where most of her wardrobe is vintage or homemade.

By Ella Riley-Adams
Vogue
February 24, 2020

Excerpt:

Artist Phyllis Ma has spent the last year helping mushrooms find their light. After foraging them or sourcing species grown by the urban farm Smallhold, she carefully transports the fungi to her workspace, where she arranges and photographs them on bright backdrops alongside bodega flowers, fruits, and colorful powders (matcha, turmeric). The result—a set of brilliant, characterful still lifes—is packaged in zines entitled Mushrooms & Friends, the second of which launched with a party at the Brooklyn meadery Honey’s on Friday.

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March 1, 2020   Comments Off on How This Brooklyn Artist Gets Dressed to Go Mushroom Foraging

France: In Paris, organic farming takes over fallow parking lots

The underground car park has definite advantages over limestone cavities for growing mushrooms as there is a permanent and precise control of the weather, and better thermal stability. [photo: Aline Robert]

With its start-up project called “La Caverne”, Cycloponics is reclaiming these urban territories and using them as a way of growing plenty of organic vegetables.

By Aline Robert
EURACTIV.fr | translated by Daniel Eck
Feb 12, 2020

Excerpt:

Although growing 200 kilos of organic vegetables every day to deliver to local grocery stores within Paris would seem like quite a challenge, Jean-Noël Gertz and Théo Champagnat have already taken it upon themselves since 2017.

At Porte de la Chapelle in Paris, the two have set up a 3,500 m2 urban farm located underground, in a former car park.

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February 18, 2020   Comments Off on France: In Paris, organic farming takes over fallow parking lots

Mushroom grower is ordered out of North Minneapolis space

Mississippi Mushrooms is Closing on 2/14/2020

By Mark Reilly
Managing Editor, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
Feb 4, 2020

Mississippi Mushrooms, an urban farm in North Minneapolis and a top supplier to restaurants around the Twin Cities, has been ordered shut down by city officials over building and fire code violations.

The Star Tribune has a report on the abrupt end for the company, which already was facing the prospect of leaving its space because of a $200 million plan to redevelop riverside property in Minneapolis’ Upper Harbor Terminal area. “I definitely didn’t expect to get shut down like this,” President Ian Silver-Ramp told the paper.

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February 10, 2020   Comments Off on Mushroom grower is ordered out of North Minneapolis space