The new lab building

The new lab building

We have power!  Almost this entire panel is dedicated to the new lab and incubation space...  We did a lot more planning this time as we have a better idea of what we need.  We are also building a very large root cellar that will have a dedicated space for spawn.  It...

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The new lab

The new lab

The new lab! The workbench is in, the flow hoods installed, and the fridges in place.  It should be a lot easier to keep this space clean!   The air is filtered and along with the flow hoods, it should ensure very low contamination rates and higher quality spawn. ...

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The blue room

The blue room

The "blue room" is the new incubation space.  Lots more room!  Although we are already wondering if there is enough shelving space. 😉  We used to be able to incubation about 200 bags at one time.  We should be able to have at least 3 times that now. The incubation...

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The chute…

The chute…

The chute!  The "old lab" is now the sterilization area...  All the sterilizers are in there and that's where we now prepare the grain and sawdust bags.  To get them to the "new lab", we built a chute!  Just started using it this week.  So much fun...  We also...

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Shiitake!

Shiitake!

We fruited some shiitake this summer.  Shiitake are a very time consuming mushroom to fruit but very pretty! This block was inoculated in June and we finally got mushrooms (after the brown in bag phase) in September.  (That makes about three months in the incubation...

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Straw and using it as garden mulch

Straw and using it as garden mulch

Typically, we sell straw as a growing medium for mushrooms.  After getting many requests from others to buy straw, we did market some straw this year to gardeners! We wanted to post some feedback we got on using straw as garden mulch.  We sold quite a few straw bales...

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New lab and incubation space progress

New lab and incubation space progress

Things are happening on the farm!  Lots of great progress made on the new lab and incubation space. Our bottleneck during the spring was certainly not having enough space for incubating spawn.  Hopefully, when the new building is finished, that won't be a problem...

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New incubation and lab space!

New incubation and lab space!

It's going to happen!  We are tearing down the existing incubation room and building a new, larger one. The lab space will be moved to the new building and the existing lab space will be used as a larger preparation area.  We moved the deep freezes out and need to...

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