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Deana W
Joseph Campau
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the project

The Detroit Mushroom Factory is a collaboration born from Chris Carrier’s and Deana Wojcik’s loves of food, experiments, and all things weird. We built a farm in our North End Detroit home. The mushrooms grow in bedrooms, the basement, and the backyard. Restaurants and residents are lining up to use our locally and sustainably grown mushrooms, so we need to keep growing! This year Detroit Mushroom Factory will move into an actual factory space. We’ve secured a formerly obsolete warehouse near our home in Detroit where we’re planning to increase production and continue to provide fresh, healthy, and affordable produce to our fellow Detroiters.  


the steps

We will install critical equipment for increasing the production capacity and efficiency of our farm. Phase I, to be completed by April 2017, includes dry fog humidification, specially calibrated refrigeration, mobile mushroom storage, and water filtration. These system upgrades will help to increase yields, reduce contamination, and lower energy costs, which in turn will make our mushrooms fresher, healthier, and more affordable for our customers.

why we're doing it

We believe that consumers have a right to know the origins of the food they eat—from growing practices to harvest and handling. This belief is at the root of our open source farm philosophy. We started our farm in Detroit to help move the city toward food sovereignty and promote healthy food access for all people. We make all of our practices fully transparent to consumers and we keep all of our sales local.

Detroit Mushroom Factory mushrooms grow on 100% recycled materials—spent brewery grain from Detroit Beer Co. and sawdust and wood shavings from local craftsman, Richard Ganas. Reusing would-be waste materials to grow nutritious food and collaborating with other local business owners are some of the ways we put our "open source, closed loop" theory into action. 


Disbursed budget (as of 4.10.17):

RAISED = $8,405.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $243.79

Original budget:

Item Purchase Cost Tax Shipping & Handling Total
High pressure misting kit $1,587.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,587.00
52" Double 2 Door Side By Side Stainless Steel Reach in Commercial Refrigerator $1,899.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,899.00
(10x) TRINITY EcoStorage™ 6-Tier Wire Shelving Rack | 48" x 18" x 72" | NSF | Includes Wheels | Chrome $1,399.90 $83.99 $0.00 $1,483.89

Project Subtotal =  $6,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $180
Total to Raise on ioby = $6,215


Our story on ioby's blog!

by ioby
March 13, 2017

This spring, ioby and Eastern Market are partnering to present the Eastern Market Growing Communities Matching Grant Challenge. We’re offering 17 awesome local food entrepreneurs the chance to double the donations made to their projects on ioby’s website between now and April 3—dollar for dollar, up to $250 per donation, and up to $3,000 total. Here’s a closer look at one of fabulous projects getting underway now.

“I think Americans got their ‘myco-phobia’ from the British,” says Chris Carrier, half of the team behind the Detroit Mushroom Factory, about Westerners’ fear of mushrooms. “We don’t have the same history of foraging for mushrooms that people from Eastern Europe or Japan do, and mushrooms certainly aren’t as prominent in our cooking.”

“Sometimes people walk into our 100-year-old house, where mushroom production is going on in every room, and they get a little weirded out!” says Deana Wojcik, Chris’s partner.

Read the full article here.


Beyond the halfway mark -- THANK YOU!

We continue to be blown away by the support of our family and friends. Thank you for believing in our little farm! We're close to acheiving our goal and could never have done it without you. 

Sending hugs and gratitude, 

Chris & Deana

Fungi IS Fun, Guys!

Wow! We are so humbled and excited by the surge in donations we've received already. To our early donors, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Your support means the world to us.

With love and gratitude, 

Chris & Deana


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