The Mushroomery is a little mushroom farm started by a lady named Buttons. Buttons found her way on a journey through the wonderful, mysterious and sometimes stressful world of fungi when she started trying to grow a self sufficient vegie garden. She had grown all manner of different types of veggies but realized she was missing one of her all time kitchen favourites - mushrooms! So she set out trying to learn how to grow them. It turned out that growing mushrooms was an all together different process then she had come to know. Little did she know that it would take her years to learn how to grow mushrooms, and how many different varieties and types of mushrooms are in existence. It was to be an eyeopening adventure - with mushrooms of all different flavors and colours of the rainbow. She was hooked. Once she had learned the basics of growing, she wanted to make these new varieties and colours accessible to the wider community. She was also inspired to spread the knowledge of how mushrooms grow and what wonderful benefits they can have for yours and the environments health. Fungi is on the precipice of solving many earthly problems from waste to health.
Buttons set out to create her first micro farm in her Brunswick backyard – a 10 square meter growing space. Over the next year and a half she grew thousands of mushrooms which she supplied to local restaurants. It wasn't long before she grew out of this little farm and set her sights on a slightly bigger farm. The project of setting up the new farm was no easy feet. So she joined forces with fellow mushroom farmer Julia from Sporadical City Mushrooms to cohabitate the new space. This made research and work a lot easier.
She wanted to show how much food can be grown on small marginal plots of land in the inner city. She believes that we will need to localise our food systems in order to transition to a low energy sustainable future. She also feels that those of us in the urban bubble are losing connection and understanding of the food systems that support us. She hopes that by farming in urban areas her farm will be a visible place where people can learn more and that she can contribute to bridging the gap between rural and urban areas.