This project investigated the feasibility of developing a sustainable and replicable model for growing and marketing edible mushrooms in Coleraine.
The team involved in this project looked at other small-scale successful projects throughout the world by reading published literature, searching the internet and talking with mentors. It was found that while the details of many models differed, the underlying concept stays the same. Once people are given the opportunity, they are usually more than willing to take a greater responsibility for producing their own food.
The project concluded that by creating a more permanent sterile laboratory space and providing training for several personnel in appropriate culturing techniques, a viable community enterprise in Coleraine was possible. Further aspects of the enterprise to be studied included opportunities for using agro-industry waste and recycled water to grow mushrooms, options for supplying mushrooms to the local market, and developing a fungi composting system.
This Fellowship was awarded to Jenny Kane from Coleraine in partnership with RMIT University, University of Madras (South India) and community members from Western Victoria.