We’re talking low-tech mushroom growing this week with Eric Jong of GroCycle out of the UK. Eric found his way to mushrooms after leaving a corporate career and becoming interested in permaculture and the local food movement. We talk about low-tech growing techniques, marketing mushrooms, having a team to support their business growth, and much more.
In This Episode:
>> Which substrates to use
>> Their innovative selling systems by selling fruiting blocks via e-commerce
>> How they utilize a team to run their mushroom operation and how processes are key
>> Why he recommends that new farmers find their footing before they scale
>> Why a humidifier is Eric’s favorite farming tool
About the Guest
After finishing his MSc in Business Studies in Maastricht, The Netherlands, Eric went to work for two of the world’s largest energy companies. It was after 6 years of office life that both Eric and his wife Zoe decided that this lifestyle didn’t suit them anymore. They decided to up sticks and travel for a while. On this trip, they visited the permaculture research institute in Australia and helped out on several organic farms. Fascinated by small scale food production they ended up doing a full growing season on an organic farm in the Brecon Beacons.
Now seriously interested in food production the studied sustainable horticulture at Schumacher College in 2011. This is where Eric crossed paths with Adam who was about to change from more traditional ways of growing mushrooms to a Low Tech approach. Back then this was mainly by growing mushrooms on coffee waste. The two of them decided to team up and GroCycle was started.
Resources and mentions
GroCycle on Facebook
GroCycle on Instagram
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