Fungi friends’ world could be their oyster
■ 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.”
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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.