Collar City Mushrooms Phase 2

Our Store Lobby Set up for an on-the-farm dinner prepared by the Meaty Max Sweet Meat team

Collar City Mushrooms is an indoor urban vertical mushroom farm in Lansingburgh, NY. Located at 333 Second Ave, we grow a variety of gourmet and medicinal specialty mushrooms and sell them to local restaurants, markets, and walk-in customers. And we are so much more. We are a community hub, a mycological education center, an art gallery, a poetry and music venue, a meditation and yoga space, and an on-the-farm-dining location. Since opening our doors officially in February of 2021, we have hosted field trips, had music and creativity celebrations curated by Bliss Arts NY, provided meeting space, served dinners, and shared many many mushrooms! We are now about to move into Phase 2 and expand, but we need YOUR HELP! We are working with the SBA to secure a loan to buy the building out of which we are currently operating and working with the City of Troy to receive some grant money to purchase new equipment. We need YOU to help accelerate our growth by infusing our fundraiser with enough mycelium building donations as possible to renovate the second floor and grow even more mushrooms! $20,000 will allow us to immediately construct an additional grow room and bring more mushrooms online within 2 months of purchasing the property. We provide weekly deliveries to over a dozen local restaurants and markets, and demand has continually increased. To match our capacity with what our customers are calling for, we will be building three additional grow rooms, a second lab space, and hiring more team members! This next phase of our operation will be a building stone to further develop the property at 333 Second Ave, development that will culminate in Phase 3: the underground mushroom-themed speakeasy and venue space: The Mushroom Cave. (our goal is to have The Mushroom Cave online in 2025 - it will take a lot of infrastructural improvements to realize.
Avery shows off the first crop of mushrooms grown in Grow Room 3.
Tiger Scouts from pack 1701 in Latham visit to learn about growing mushrooms.
Avery demonstrates how to grow Wine Cap mushrooms to Kindergarten students at The Doane Stuart School.
Artist Armando Soto Teaches a painting workshop.
Bree and Amy get packs of mixed oysters ready for The Honest Weight Food Co-Op.
Nico and Ian transfer grain spawn into substrate bags in our lab.
Artist John Zoccoli, Musician Kenyatta Emmanuel, Avery Stempel, Bliss Arts NY Curator Maria Diotte, and poet Jose Perez after "Out of the Darkness" a show featuring John's art with music by Kenyatta and poetry by Jose.
Rebecca making mushroom-flavored sea salts.
Aubrey making substrate bags.
The Second Sunday Poetry and Prose Open Mic hosted by Dan Wilcox and Nancy Klepsch
In order to show our appreciation for anyone that may choose to donate, we have the following incentives in store! All rewards will stack: so donors of $500 or more get every incentive listed!! All physical rewards must be picked up in our store at 333 Second Ave.
$5 - $19: a Collar City Mushrooms Logo sticker, your name on our PHASE II Mycelial Wall and our undying gratitude for your support and interest.
$20 - $39: a certificate for up to $10 in fresh mushrooms.
$40 - $59: a digital copy of Collar City Mushrooms Mushroom Coloring Collection Volume 2.
$60 - $99: a Collar City Mushrooms Canvas Tote Bag.
$100 - $199: a Go-Fund-Me exclusive Shiitake Warrior T-Shirt.
$200 - $349: $50 in mushroom money to be used on any purchase in the store.
$350 - $499: an invitation to the ribbon cutting of "Chanterelles" the second floor of 333 Second Ave.
$500 +: Up to $100 to be used towards one of our On-The-Farm dinner events (tickets have ranged from $40 - $60ea so far).
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Avery Stempel
Troy, NY

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