We cannot really express how happy and excited we are at this moment.
The two growing rooms are ready!
This means that we are now ready to welcome the bags containing the inoculated straw which will serve as food and substrate for our delicious mushrooms!
In order to produce the wonderfully tasty “fruit” we eat, mushrooms need a substrate and food.
What is the real mushroom is in fact, what we cannot see. The mycelium is the real mushroom. The mycelium looks like the root system of the mushrooms which invade and colonize a substrate from which it will take nourishment and support. The substrate and source of food in our case, made by organic straw which is pasteurized and inoculated with spawn. The latter will take around 2 weeks to fully colonize the substrate and to fruit!
In order to fruit, the mycelium needs specific environmental conditions, which it is sure to find in our newly built growing rooms <3
The Urban Funghi growing rooms have been designed by Sebastian De Groot, a young carpenter at Wageningen. The structure is made of individual frames of FSC wood and sturdy plastic. This allows for having a modular structure that can be dismantled and moved when needed.
Urban Funghi is in fact, designed to be a nomadic company. We want to be modular in order to be able to settle up in old buildings and to repurpose and farm abandoned urban spaces. WE NEED TO BE MOVEABLE!
Finally, the growing rooms are accessorized with a ventilation system that allows fresh and clean air to go in, bringing new oxygen; while, exhausted and CO2 saturated air is pushed outside.
Last but not least, mushrooms need very high levels of humidity in the air. This is made possible by the humidifier we have built ourselves from a second-hand 60l barrel and a mist maker!
We are now ready to grow the first mushrooms and to start selling soon our products!