Designing a Small-Scale Organic Agaricus Mushroom Production System to Provide Additional Income to Family Farms

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2006: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: North Central
State: Missouri
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Annual Reports


  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms


  • Crop Production: continuous cropping
  • Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, new enterprise development, feasibility study, market study
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems, new business opportunities, analysis of personal/family life, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    By utilizing a minimal amount of time and space, keeping things simple, and using by-products of the family farm, we show that a farming/ranching family can grow and sell organic portabella and white button mushrooms for an exponential profit. This benefits both the family and community by providing a top quality, fresh, organic, nutrient rich food at a farmers market and at the farm.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.