There are many, realistic ways of producing nutritious, tasty food that don't have such negative impacts on the environment.
Circular production systems that integrate fungi, plants and animals look to more viable and efficient ways of recycling waste and bi-products.
As we develop our relationships with others pushing regenerative farming methods we can re-imagine waste. In nature waste does not exist, everything is recycled, no redundancies. We aim to reflect this with everything we do.
Lab work is done in house, be that cloning for superior fruits or desirable genetics, making clean agar plates and liquid culture or sterilising and pasteurising our own spawn and substrate. Full control over the complete growth process gives us a much greater understanding of these fascinating organisms. This greater understanding allows us to constantly adapt our growing techniques to meet the specific needs of various species of fungi.
Not being reliant on a supplier for spawn or substrate means we can experiment with all manner of things, waste from agriculture, timber and food industries. We can clone native species and breed new strains if we wish. Being self reliant means we are fully responsible for every step in the process and are intimately connected with our produce. All the mistakes we have made along the way have been invaluable, without them we would know little more than we did when we started, in our house.
Lion's Mane escaping from it's agar dish
We couldn't have got to this point without all the help along the way from some key figures in the community. Their enthusiasm, teachings and encouragement have been integral to our development.
There's so much we can learn from one another and we should always try to grow together, instead of apart. We're always excited to hear from enthusiastic people and we're always happy to share what we have learned along the way.