Earth Community Farms LLC focus on healing and feeding people with the finest Non-GMO plant and fungi products available.
Part of creating any profitable business is knowing what is needed and prized in your local market. What fruits, vegetables, herbs, legumes, grains (rice, wheat) and mushrooms(fungi) your local community wants should be your primary guide in what you grow.
Fungiculture is the process of producing food, medicine, and other products by the cultivation of mushrooms and other fungi. Mushrooms are not plants, and require different conditions for optimal growth.
Plants develop through photosynthesis, a process that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide into carbohydrates, especially cellulose. While sunlight provides an energy source for plants, mushrooms derive all of their energy and growth materials from their growth medium, through biochemical decomposition processes.
This does not mean that light is an irrelevant requirement, since some fungi use light as a signal for fruiting. However, all the materials for growth must already be present in the growth medium. Mushrooms grow well at relative humidity levels of around 95-100%, and substrate moisture levels of 50 to 75%.
Instead of seeds, mushrooms reproduce asexually through spores. Spores can be contaminated with airborne microorganisms, which will interfere with mushroom growth and prevent a healthy crop.
Mycelium, or actively growing mushroom culture, is placed on a substrate—usually sterilized grains such as rye or millet—and induced to grow into those grains. This is called inoculation. Inoculated grains are referred to as spawn.
Here we talk, in general terms, about what has been successful in North American Herbal and food products. Where possible we use only certified organic seeds and mushroom spores to insure Non-GMO crops.
When talking about mushrooms (fungi) you have to talk about Fungi Perfecti founder and president Paul Stamets.
He has been a dedicated mycologist for over 40 years. Over this time, he has discovered and coauthored several new species of mushrooms, and pioneered countless techniques in the field of mushroom cultivation. He received the 1998 “Bioneers Award” from The Collective Heritage Institute, and the 1999 “Founder of a New Northwest Award” from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. In 2008, Paul received the National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Green-Novator and the Argosy Foundation’s E-chievement Awards. He was also named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in their November–December 2008 issue. In February 2010, Paul received the President’s Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration: Northwest Chapter, in recognition of his contributions to Habitat Restoration. In January of 2014, Paul received the highly acclaimed NAMA (North American Mycological Association) award for expanding the field of mycology for both amateurs and professionals. In 2014, Paul was chosen to be an “Invention Ambassador” by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest and most prestigious scientific organization in the world.