My name is Tom and I started Alaska Mushrooms in March 2012. It has been very slow going, but I have learned a lot about the mushroom industry and have consulted with several Chefs around town. I am on disability, and starting my own business allows me to earn an income and work when I can. But being on disability has a very large drawback - FUNDING - as I have a fixed income. Finding backers is also hard because of what they are looking for. Most want to see at least a $20,000.00 profit in the financial reports. So far I have been experimenting with growing mushrooms and the techniques used. I am ready to put this knowledge to work and seriously begin a crop of mushrooms. I have materials here already for Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi and Lion's Mane. I currently have a single cake of Shiitake in the fruiting tray to grow and in the next couple of weeks I should have some ready for harvest. I do have several cakes, but I am leaving them to allow the spawn to thicken more.
But I need your help! On the right hand side of this page is a donation widget from GoFundMe. If I can raise the money, I can get a property with a minimum of 3 acres, as I will need some outdoor space, as well as a building where I can control the climate. This would also go to hiring a couple of people full-time to get things started. The minimum donation that they accept is $5.00 - thats not a lot - but with enough support and getting responses from mailing campaigns it is achievable.
Alaska Mushrooms is a unique company in that we do all that is possible to bring high quality products to your table. To that end, we use only filtered water with no chlorine, we use no preservatives, or other chemicals to boost production or flavor. For long term storage, mushrooms are naturally dehydrated and stored in a container that is best suited for storage in your refridgerator. Dehydrated mushrooms are easily re-hydrated by placing them for a few moments in warm (room temperature) water before cooking. Local deliveries for fresh non-dehydrated mushrooms is limited to 100 miles from our facility and delivered daily as needed.
There are various ways to cultivate mushrooms. But let me take a moment here to explain the difference between farming and cultivating for those who do not know. Farming is when you plant the seed or material in an outside environment where mother nature helps it to grow (with some help from the farmer as well), and cultivating is where the farmer controls the environment to create a successful harvest.