The Spawn Box™:
A Community Supported Mycoculture from MYCOLOGOS
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The Spawn Box™ is our version of the Community Supported Agriculture model used by small farmers around the world to directly market their goods to their community, and for community members to support their favorite farmers in return.
When you sign up for a six-month Spawn Box™ subscription (a “share”), you will be rewarded with a gift package mailed to you each month that includes a variety of fungi-focused items produced and curated by MYCOLOGOS. Alongside ready-to-fruit mushroom grow kits, each Spawn Box™ also includes a rotating mix of surprises from our fungal farm and apothecary – from medicinal mushroom products and original art, to clothing items and cultivation gear. Each month is themed around a different species – from familiar edibles and medicinals to gourmet exotics – and several subscription tiers are offered to best match your interests and the size of your growing space.
Through this curated experience, The Spawn Box™ will help you dive into the world of mycology and readily enjoy its many wondrous facets. Along the way, you will not only grow many types mushrooms, but also become a Fungi Ambassador for your community, helping show others why fungi are just so endlessly cool and important.
At MYCOLOGOS, we strive to create new paradigms for allying with fungi in all aspects of life. We believe that working with and enjoying fungi should be easy and available to everyone, and that as a part of that experience, edible mushrooms should be of the highest quality – both nutritionally and medicinally. As such, all our spawn is grown using only organic, wild-crafted, and/or locally-sourced ingredients. This not only ensures that the environmental impact of the spawn we grow is as minimal as possible, but that the mushrooms produced lack many of the toxic residues found in modern agriculture and mushroom farming. Further, all the grains used in our cultivation process are gluten-free, and we incorporate several trace mineral sources into our grow kits to ensure the mushrooms you grow are as anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense as possible.
We believe that the cooperation demonstrated in the CSM model is essential for the realization of a sustainable community of fungi advocates, growers, and allies – a mycoculture – now and long in to the future. By signing up for The Spawn Box™ you not only support the MYCOLOGOS Fungi Farm and increase our ability to share our passion for mycology, but you also help prove the viability of a CSM to future mushroom farmers around the world. In return, and to show our deep appreciation for all who join us on this mission, we are offering a scholarship for low-income individuals and families to receive a Spawn Box™ subscription free of charge. For every 30 shares supported by folks like you, we will provide one to a qualifying scholarship applicant.
Grow Your Own
To ensure that your growing experience is as successful as possible, preparatory information will be emailed to you prior to the first month’s shipment, detailing how to best prepare your kitchen or growing space along with detailed designs for several simple, inexpensive, and small- to moderate-scale mushroom fruiting spaces.
Once your grow kits arrive, caring for them will be a breeze. For most kits, you will only need to open the grow bag or cut holes in it, and then place it in an area where it can be cared for and stay somewhat humid. Even in a dry environment mushrooms can be grown indoors – albeit with more attention to keeping the mushrooms from drying out. In addition, the first month’s Spawn Box™ will include bonus fruiting supplies to further ensure your mushrooms grow well and produce a hearty crop.
Do note that following the CSA model, you will be ordering for full season increments up front. In the vegetable CSA model, this implies that the customer risks the chance that some supply boxes may be less abundant than others or that there may be unforeseen delays, as is reflective of the inherent risks that agriculture can bring. For our CSM, we do guarantee that you will receive the number of spawn bags promised in each box, but ask that you subscribe for the full season in advance, rather than one month at a time. This helps us best plan our production schedule, while also having the means to invest in our supplies and infrastructure prior to each growing season.
Stay tuned for details on the next iteration of the Spawn Box™!