Grant Award: $6,000 — Indoor Oyster Mushroom Production
Leslie is adding indoor oyster mushroom production to her farm to boost winter and early spring income. She is studying the most effective facilities, substrate and strains to determine the most simple, minimal-investment production methods, which she will share with other WNC farmers. Leslie sells primarily to local restaurants.
The additional income assists her in making on-farm improvements and hiring additional employees. Emma Farms is revitalizing an Asheville neighborhood by working with her community to restore land and produce food.