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Oklahoma mushroom farm is unique agricultural venture

Oklahoma Mushroom in Edmond on Saturday conducted tours of its converted semitrailer, where the company grows gourmet and medicinal mushrooms used by local chefs.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: February 12, 2013

Shiitake and other gourmet mushrooms are being grown inside a converted semitrailer, a unique agriculture venture showcased Saturday with help from the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

Curious onlookers received tours of the facility, owned by Oklahoma Mushroom, where shiitake, lion's mane, white elm and other varieties of mushrooms are cultivated. The mushrooms are sold to local chefs and at Urban Agrarian, a local food distributor in Oklahoma City.

OM Gardens in Norman created the experimental mushroom farm using an agricultural enhancement and diversification grant from the Agriculture Department. Heather Popowsky of Oklahoma Mushroom later bought the equipment.

Formerly a refrigerated semitrailer, the mushroom farm model is attractive for several reasons, Popowsky said. It is a controlled-climate facility and is well insulated. “We keep the trailer at certain temperatures and at a certain humidity level. This is a very controlled, very sterile environment,” she said.

To duplicate it would cost about $50,000, and it has a small footprint, added Jason Harvey, grants coordinator for the Agriculture Department.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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