Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mushroom Compost - Monterey Mushroom Farm

Amy Wilkinson is the new Compost Coordinator at Monterey Mushrooms.

Monterey Mushrooms currently produce 1200 yards of compost each and every week! At present, they are paying to have the majority of it removed from their facility, as they cannot store it here. Amy's job is to create a program through which they can reduce, or alleviate the cost of disposal. Many other mushroom farms have created a demand for it - as you can imagine!

The mushroom compost (spent mushroom substrate) is a fantastic soil amendment. The water retention properties alone should make Florida growers beat down our doors! It has a pH range of 6.5- 7.5, and provides many nutrients. It is supplemented with nitrogen so it does not draw down nitrogen levels - unlike wood products. It meets "Organically Grown" standards after brief additional composting. Amy can furnish publications detailing this.

Contact Amy if you have any questions.

Amy Wilkinson
Monterey Mushrooms
5949 Sadler Avenue
Mount Dora, FL 32757

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