Source: HAWTHORNE MUSHROOMS, INC. submitted to
CREATING SUSTAINABILITY OF MUSHROOM PRODUCTION IN U.S. RURAL AREAS
Sponsoring Institution
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Project Status
EXTENDED
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Annual
Accession No.
0196315
Grant No.
2003-33610-13032
Project No.
INDK-2003-00431
Proposal No.
2003-00431
Multistate No.
(N/A)
Program Code
8.6
Project Start Date
May 15, 2003
Project End Date
May 14, 2004
Grant Year
2003
Project Director
Hawthorne, J.
Recipient Organization
HAWTHORNE MUSHROOMS, INC.
9030 S. 825 E
MONTGOMERY,IN 47558
Performing Department
(N/A)
Non Technical Summary
Rising demand for shiitake (Lentinus edodes) and oyster (Pleurotus spp.) mushrooms represent opportunities for farmers displaced from vertically-integrated livestock markets. Potential growers, however, lack the financial and technical means necessary for efficient production. Specialty mushrooms cultivated artificially, particularly the Pleurotus spp. are highly susceptible to contamination and/or low biological efficiency (BE) and low quality. Further, harvesting and packaging methods are very labor-intensive, resulting in slower production. Expansion of mushroom production and peer/community education on such production will develop new economic markets in rural areas, leading to job creation and increased availability of specialty mushrooms. This proposal will help with the expansion and process improvement of the labor-intensive, relatively inefficient processes currently employed by mushroom farmers. Phase I will test commercial viability of mushroom operations in the U.S., and begin raising awareness among local and regional customers of the opportunities that exist in domestic mushroom markets. Phase II implementation planning will consider Phase I findings to finalize commercial viability.
Animal Health Component
100%
Research Effort Categories
Basic
(N/A)
Applied
100%
Developmental
(N/A)
Classification

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
2041470104070%
6031470301030%
Goals / Objectives
Hawthorne Mushroom Farms' final object is to prove the sustainability and profitability of domestic mushroom farming operations in a replicable model.
Project Methods
In Phase I, Hawthorne Farms, Inc. (Hawthorne), will test and document methods for growing Pleurotus spp. and Lentinus Edodes mushrooms in greater quantities more efficiently, as well as evaluate its distribution methods. Hawthorne will then create supply line models, and institute just-in-time cultivation based on these findings to create a sustainable operation for mushroom production. In a follow-up Phase II proposal, Hawthorne Mushroom Farms, will begin planning the implementation of the concepts tested during Phase I, which will include implementing equipment improvement plans, establishing internal packaging operations, and creating direct distributorship to local customers.