If instead of a wall of text, you’d like the audio run down – look no further than above this very post where I am interviewed by my friend for an episode of Welcome to Mushroom Hour. Listen to this and other great podcasts by following @Welcome_To_Mushroom_Hour on Instagram!
Growing mushrooms has been a personal hobby of mine for 8 years, and I am privileged with having another 4 years of professional growing under my belt. Within this time, I have grown from budding hobbyist to esteemed consultant, upholding knowledge and experience in many areas of mushroom growing. I am self taught through research, a lot of trial and error, and with some professional time accrued at the (now) #1 producer of Agaricus in the US. Later, my professional excursions led me to a consulting position for a small, family-owned, exotic mushroom farm, and I eventually took my own turn at selling gourmet mushrooms at market. That said, at my present state of ignorance, I am still regarded as having a good handle on mushroom growing — both for the hobbyist & commercial grower alike — but I, too, am always learning.
Some time in 2015, I started a community on Reddit for mushroom growers. As it still stands today, the primary goal/intent of this community is to provide a safe space where new growers are free to discuss unfamiliar topics; and do so without fear of being berated. After /r/MushroomGrowers was up and running, my focus (for nearly 2 years) had been on selling mushroom cultures and substrates through a website, “Get Cultured”. Since then, the tides steadily shifted, and I have turned toward formulating new ways to serve the everyday hobbyist through a mushroom grower’s market.
It feels good — Yet, these are only the start toward my ultimate goal. By grasping every opportunity to take it to the next level, and fill out the pieces to the “whole”, my passions held in the world of mushrooms are what assist me in achieving my long-term mushroom growing goals.