Fungi friends’ world could be their oys­ter

Pilbara News - - News - Kent Acott

■ Footy mates Ryan Creed and Ju­lian Mitchell have a dream — and it in­volves bikes, cof­fee grounds and mush­rooms.

But they have just seven days to raise an­other $6560 to re­alise it.

The pair met play­ing foot­ball in Bun­bury. They are fly-in, fly­out work­ers at Parabur­doo and still play for Cottes­loe Roost­ers.

The 27-year-old health sci­ence pro­fes­sion­als want to cre­ate Aus­tralia’s first ur­ban mush­room farm us­ing cof­fee grounds from Fre­man­tle’s cafes to grow or­ganic oys­ter mush­rooms to sell to shops, res­tau­rants, mar­kets and on­line. The pair need an unused com­mer­cial space and to raise $30,000 through crowd­fund­ing.

Yes­ter­day, they had $23,440, in­clud­ing $15,000 from the City of Fre­man­tle.

“If we can get up and run­ning, we will lit­er­ally ride around Fre­man­tle and col­lect cof­fee grounds from about 70 cafes and cof­fee shops,” Mr Creed said.

The mush­rooms take about eight weeks to grow and then the grind­ings will be used to im­prove lo­cal gar­dens.

Mr Mitchell said about 300 tonnes of cof­fee waste was sent to land­fill from Fre­man­tle ev­ery year. “Our so­lu­tion is as valid to the prom­i­nent cof­fee cul­ture of Fre­man­tle as it is to any other city,” he said.

“This waste of a valu­able re­source is need­lessly adding to waste dis­posal prob­lems.”

Go to­v7I.dpuf for in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Me­gan Pow­ell

Busi­ness part­ners Ju­lian Mitchell and Ryan Creed col­lect cof­fee grounds from cafes around Fre­man­tle which they then use to cre­ate Aus­tralia’s first ur­ban mush­room farm.

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