Starting a mushroom growing business

Asked May 7, 2018, 5:08 PM EDT

I want to start a mushroom growing business. Thinking of building a green house and start the production. What are the requirements on doing mass production of mushroom in Lane County - City of Cottage Grove? Is it a profitable venture?

Lane County Oregon small farms

1 Response

Your first step would be checking with the city to determine if there are any barriers to building the greenhouse on your property and operating a business from your residence.

There are some long-time mushroom growers in the Willamette Valley that sell at farmers markets, but I am not sure of their profitability. It may be useful to reach out to other producers and learn from their experiences.

Also, the USDA has a list of resources in their database of Alternative Farming Systems website for mushroom producers, which includes some marketing information. https://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/mushrooms