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Alaska Mushrooms Business Startup

$20 of $250k goal

Raised by 3 people in 35 months
Everywhere you look it gets harder and harder for people to find work. With all the companies that have moved to Europe and South America, it has left a large gap of people who no longer have work. My thinking is we need to support more local companies and leave the ones who moved out of the USA. We need to provide for our own.

At first I was going to start growing mushrooms on a small scale, and sell to friends and family. Then expand into the farmers market here in Anchorage. Once a good foot hold is in place grow more and open a market in public kitchens, caterers and grocers.

I have obtained my State License, Employer ID Number, set up banking accounts and have some basic advertising with Google and Facebook ready to go. Still working out the setup, I will be turning a bedroom into a room that is cleaned, sterile and has the ability to control the environment. I will start with oyster mushrooms and abm's (white button mushrooms) too. The reason I want to start with oysters is because there is a very wide variety of oyster mushrooms. I was hoping to start growing morels. But that does require being able to make a garden for them.

I have some of the basic starting elements, and some equipment. Enough to possibly bring in the first crop. Its getting late in the season to start prepping logs for some of the other strains I want to start. They include,



Rieshi - Shiitake - Maitake,
and Lion's Mane.

As I said the Morels will have to wait for next summer to start. Soil has to be prepared and fenced in to protect from critters moving about.

Ideally, a room that can be sealed off, evironmentally controlled climate (temp and humidity) would need to be precise. I am living in a rental apartment, so I am looking for a place to buy in my price range. Setting up a larger area, a basement, or two car garage, either would have to be heated and insulated appropriately. For now the bedroom will suffice. I have a counter, desk and storage set aside for it. As well as a 2 station electric burner, for operating the pressure cooker, and sterilizing materials.
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Update 35
30 months ago
I currently have Black Morels, Lions Mane and Maitake casings. But I fear I may have spoiled the crops, as the environment they were in fluctuated high and low due to weather, and other external reasons. But I will try again in a few months.
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Update 34
32 months ago
Last minute funding came in, not much, but enough to cover supplies for a new limited run. Since I will keep going, I will continue to use GoFundMe.com for raising additional startup funds for expanding to include new employees.
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Update 33
32 months ago
This site will still remain, and I will still advertise it, as I really do want to restart this when Spring arrives.
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Update 32
33 months ago
One of three casings has gone bad. It was doing fine, but then developed a type of spider fungus. Threads that looked like grey hair covered 1/3 of the casing. I have removed it, and now keep a closer eye on the others. The brf test cakes still look good, if all the pins on them develop then in theory I should see a pretty good crop from them. I'll be interested to see how they do with the first and second flush.
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Russell Brown
34 months ago

I'll bring a donation over after work. Looking forward to seeing this becoming a reality for you. You'd be a success! I'll let my fellow Chefs know about your website so they can sign in and follow your updates. http://www.alaska-mushrooms.com

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$20 of $250k goal

Raised by 3 people in 35 months
Created August 17, 2013
Thomas Orr     ANCHORAGE, AK
JV
$10
John Vegar
34 months ago

i want you up and running soon and a product sample when you have enough ^_^

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RB
$5
Russell Brown
34 months ago (Offline Donation)

Look forward to sampling your mushrooms. I know you grow them organically and I am sure they will be great. If my boss likes, I'll talk to him about chipping in too.

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JC
$5
John Collinge
35 months ago

Here you go...

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Russell Brown
34 months ago

I'll bring a donation over after work. Looking forward to seeing this becoming a reality for you. You'd be a success! I'll let my fellow Chefs know about your website so they can sign in and follow your updates. http://www.alaska-mushrooms.com

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