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When we look at the future, we see massive potential and opportunity to shape a world that is better than the one we know today. There's a lot that must be done in farming to create that world. Below you’ll see the strides we’ve made and where we're heading next. We're only beginning, but we’ve achieved great things already. And there's so much more to come.
LEARN TO GROW MUSHROOMS
The first step was to get into the mind of the mushroom to figure out what makes them tick, how sterile labs work and what mycelium is. This led us to create a mushroom fruiting tent in an apartment for 9 months. By the end, we understood the mycelium and its needs. And, with enough successes and failures under our belt, we realized that we could do more together.
BUILD AND PROTOTYPE A UNIT THAT GROWS 7 LBS./WEEK
Endless days and nights are spent learning how to work with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, the different sensors, modifiers and code to build a controlled environment for mushrooms. It paid off and led to a partnership with the good people at Google. We prototyped on-site in their cafeteria for just under a year and grew 7 lbs. of mushrooms per week. This step has given us proof of concept, and Google gave us a broken fridge for our next experiment. The opportunity to partner with them was a tremendous step along our path.
BUILD AND PROTOTYPE A UNIT THAT GROWS 50 LBS./WEEK
We then modified a reach-in display cooler to grow 50 lbs. of mushrooms per week. Our first grow was a round of King Oysters. With this unit comes new features like water recovery, filtration and reuse, air filtration, heating, and CO2 sensing. We also got our web app up and running to control, monitor, and optimize our grow.
BUILD A WALK-IN UNIT THAT GROWS 200 LBS./WEEK
We then built a walk-in unit capable of fruiting 200 lbs. of mushrooms per week. This unit had wired racks with lights mounted directly on them to allow for easily moving racks from incubation to fruiting to harvesting. She's a sight to see.
build, code and grow with high school students
Taking everything we've learned and iterated on until this point, it's time to help consumers grow more mushrooms. A small, tabletop connected hardware enclosure that runs our data analytics platform, is controlled by a web app and supported by a subscription service of ready-to-fruit mushrooms. We’re writing curriculum and working with high schoolers to build, code and grow with our units. Then we’ll see how it works, how it doesn't and how we make it better.
BUILD IN-HOUSE SPAWN LAB TO SERVICE UNITS AND SUBSCRIBERS
Supporting previous steps and preparing for the next one, we'll build a spawn lab to service our units through a subscription service of ready-to-fruit mushrooms delivered directly to your door. By building our own lab we can control inventory, quality, fulfillment, recipes and margins closer to home, with a dedicated staff. These will be shipped to our grow units all over the city, state, country and beyond.
CROP MANAGEMENT AND INVENTORY SOFTWARE FOR CULTIVATORS
By now the environmental software will be humming along and it will be time to add more robust backend support the GIY movement, including crop and inventory management, resources, along with cleaning and maintenance scheduling. This is where our ability to mine data from multiple data points will allow our individual devices to evolve rapidly.
mass production of MUSHROOM FARMs
We now have a complete software package built out and have perfected our walk in farm. Next, we're going to take all of that knowledge and concentrate it into the future of mushroom farming at scale. We're going to build and sell the smartest distributed, network of farms you've ever seen.
GROW FOOD IN FOOD DESSERTS
Like I've said before, and the Beatles said before that, all you need is love. We're going to create food and jobs in places where both those are hard to come by. Food is not a privilege, nor is making a livable wage. We're gonna make stand alone, exterior units that can operate in the remotest of areas if need be. Empowering folks to become self-reliant just might be our favorite drug.
GROW FOOD IN SPACE
And when we're done with all this great stuff here on earth, we're gonna find a new place to play and continue building the future. Whatever exoplanet we land on, we gotta eat something when we get there.