Gloucestershire’s first urban mushroom farm opens in Stroud

CSCIC director, artist and mushroom enthusiast Dominic Thomas has created Fungusloci, Gloucestershire’s first urban mushroom micro farm where oyster mushrooms will be cultivated on waste coffee grounds from local cafes.

The Fungusloci micro farm is based in an empty retail space in Stroud town centre and is currently processing over eighty kilograms of waste coffee a week, using it as a growing medium for delicious and healthy oyster mushrooms. The mushrooms are sold via local food retailers (including the Farmer’s Market and Stroudco), local cafes and restaurants who are all keen to add locally grown gourmet mushrooms to their menus and produce lists.

Stroud’s town centre cafes have embraced the chance to divert their waste coffee from landfill to produce oyster mushrooms. Fungusloci is now collecting coffee on foot on a daily basis from nine local independent cafes.

As well as producing sustainable local food the project aims to be an educational resource, promoting sustainable business models and opening up the marvellous world of fungi and mycology to both adults and children.

The Fungusloci project has been working in partnership with SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace) and Stroud Brewery and has received funding though the Stroud District Local Food Grants scheme.