January 5×5 Night
January 22, 2024 11:59 pm
One of our goals as a company is to make locally produced fresh mushrooms more accessible to everyone in West Michigan and beyond. A uniquely delicious, and beautiful food group that's high in protein and loaded with novel and uncommon nutritional compounds, mushrooms serve to benefit all who consume them in terms of personal nutrition and new gastronomic experiences. An extremely resource efficient protein requiring no synthetic chemicals or fertilizers, locally produced mushrooms require very little space, water, or raw materials to be produced. Unlike conventional crops that can deplete and destroy soils, our primary byproduct is healthy, nutritious, plant-based compost that's' great for creating and amending soils. The benefits of mushrooms are many fold, as are the benefits of Mycophile's Garden extending our products and reach. In addition to our small crew here at Mycophiles Garden, and our community of thousands of customers across West Michigan, we would hope this addition would help us further expand and support the farmers and gardeners who buy our mushroom compost and small companies that compost it further for use in soil production and amendment. As well as the local stores and companies we provide mushroom products for and all the people who can more easily incorporate natural, healthy, locally produced mushrooms and mushroom products into their diets. Low in fats, sugars, and cholesterol with high fiber, protein, and unique nutritional compounds, there's a reason mushrooms are having their moment as a trend in food, foraging, and health and we’d love to share them with even more people!
What I'll do with $5,000
Our small kitchen would be pretty simple and $5,000 would cover most, or all of the materials for flooring, wall and ceiling panels, and some of the cost for labor, inspections, and equipment like prep tables and utensils. We already have plumbing, a commercial sink, commercial dehydrators, and other equipment but the award would help us make a certified kitchen a reality this Winter, enabling us to start our 2022 busy season with new products ready to go. Working 18 farmers markets per week means our little company doesn't have the time, or space for these types of improvements during our busy season, and our rapid expansion in recent years has been incredible but still leaves us cash strapped as we are continually improving our equipment and expanding as well as and adding labor hour for wok on new projects. We would be so grateful to make this long-term dream of expansion a reality this year! Thank you for considering and supporting us!