It began with blaring noise  --silence--  creaking.. more noise, and a ground shaking thud. To Ryan, these were the sounds of desecration, as Dakota County felled the forest he used to explore as a child. The county had decided they needed to redevelop a nearby intersection, and it seemed there was nothing he could do but grieve for the loss of his special place. 

But, the fungal Queendom gave Ryan a nudge -- so he listened -- "waste, there's no such rotten thing!". These original recyclers posed an interesting question; Can the problem be the solution?

Many late nights ensued, and while using the old family mini-van to haul branches from the construction site back to his parent's driveway, Ryan thought again and again, "yes, the problem can be the solution".

Humans and fungi together can turn organic "wastes" into nutritious and medicinal foods for our communities. 

Knowing this, the question then became:

How?

Ryan's friend Torin immediately came to mind as someone who could help him seek answers to this exciting question.

During the spring of 2017, we began growing mushrooms on the 300 logs Ryan had gathered during the winter, all in one suburban backyard. Thank goodness it's a big lot. In fact, the yard is lovely, and Ryan's parents are gracious hosts; however, we soon needed more space.

Instead of following the mainstream narrative and moving our operations to a larger central farm, we decided to do something different. Like the mycelium we cultivate, we decided to become a network. We partner with neighbors in the Longfellow, Seward, Phillips, Powderhorn, and Corcoran neighborhoods of South Minneapolis and connect them with Minneapolis restaurants.

Together we grow the movement toward hyper-local, resilient, and abundant food economies. 

 

Ryan and Torin at the westside Farmers market

Ryan and Torin at the westside Farmers market