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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

Ghana: Meet the oyster mushroom producer changing urban Ghanaian diets

Winner: Miss Agriculture Ghana 2018_ Ms Afriyie Obeng-Fosu

By Monica Evans
Global Landscape Forum
Oct 23, 2019

Excerpt:

How did you earn the title of Miss Agriculture Ghana?

I applied with an oyster mushroom project that I had started in Accra.

Very often, the issue people face when they want to go into agriculture is that it’s difficult to find land in urban areas where most of the population lives. But with oyster mushroom production, you can grow in bags, so you don’t need land; all you need is a humid environment in which your mushrooms can germinate.

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October 29, 2019   Comments Off on Ghana: Meet the oyster mushroom producer changing urban Ghanaian diets

France: Turning Paris’s underground car parks into mushrooms farms

Produced, filmed and edited by digital reporter Dougal Shaw in La Chapelle, north Paris.

What do you do with an old car park that no-one wants to park in? Why not use them to grow mushrooms – or even salad?

Paris built too many underground car parks in the 1960s and 70s. Falling car ownership means many are standing empty, or finding new and surprising uses.

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October 21, 2019   Comments Off on France: Turning Paris’s underground car parks into mushrooms farms

France: Parisians wake up to coffee-fueled mushroom magic

UpCycle-La boite à champignons, based in the Paris suburb of Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, recycles coffee grounds to produce oyster mushrooms. (AFP)

Ulrich says urban agriculture is first and foremost about recycling organic waste from cities

AFP
Feb 24, 2019

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“We are reproducing undergrowth subsoil conditions. The temperature and humidity are comparable,” explains Arnaud Ulrich, co-founder of UpCycle-La boite à champignons (mushroom box), based in the Paris suburb of Saint-Nom-la-Breteche.

Nestled away from the light, the spores of mushroom mycelium fungus — a key food source for many soil invertebrates and which can also help to clean polluted soil — rapidly spread as they would beneath the roots of a tree.

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March 1, 2019   Comments Off on France: Parisians wake up to coffee-fueled mushroom magic

A Fleet of Networked Mushroom Farms Is Spreading Across New York

Photo: Brian Kahn / Earther

The Minifarms come in single stories, like the one that snakes through Mission Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, or they can be stacked like a recently-installed unit I visited in a Whole Foods.

By Brian Kahn
Gizmodo
Feb 7, 2019

Excerpt:

The sleek metal and plexiglass case holds blue, pink, and yellow oyster mushrooms. Their alien forms are striking enough, but bathing them in psychedelic hues to mimic lunar cycles and pumping in mist to keep them comfortably moist gives you your warehouse rave vibe. Slide open the door, close your eyes, and the rich scents of decay and growth mingle, transporting your mind to a childhood summer’s day in the woods, flipping over logs and churning last year’s leaf litter.

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February 14, 2019   Comments Off on A Fleet of Networked Mushroom Farms Is Spreading Across New York

Canada’s first vertical mushroom farm is sprouting in Nisku

Inside a misty growing room, meat hooks hang what look like punching bags, covered in pink oyster mushrooms.

By Lisa Johnson
Edmonton Journal
Jan 2, 2019
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

“We’re creating an artificial tree for these mushrooms to grow on,” said Rachel Gruger, who co-owns Gruger Family Fungi with her husband, Carleton Gruger.

The Nisku operation is the only indoor vertical mushroom farm of its kind in Canada. It specializes in tree-loving mushrooms, so you won’t see any regular grocery store portobello or button mushrooms growing here.

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January 3, 2019   Comments Off on Canada’s first vertical mushroom farm is sprouting in Nisku