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Small Biz Success Story: Mycoterra Organic Mushroom Farm

When Julia Coffey returned to her home state of Massachusetts, she couldn’t find a job.  As the days and weeks wore on, Julia  decided to apply her previous work experience in mycology to building her own mushroom farm—Mycoterra.

While on the West Coast, Julia had spent four years working for Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti, a master mycologist. This experience emboldened her to begin organically growing mushrooms and selling them locally. Each week she quickly sold out at the farmers’ market. In year two she quadrupled her business. Now in her third year, demand continues to outstrip her supply and requests are now coming in from restaurants and farmers’ markets in Boston.

Julia’s business, Mycoterra Mushroom Farm, is expanding and hiring. What she thought would take eight years to achieve has happened in less than four. Julia and Mycoterra Farm are a small business success story—revenue positive, creating jobs and loving life in western Massachusetts! For a fascinating lesson in mycology, stay tuned at the end of her story!

This is another segment in CareerFuel’s “How America Works” series, a collection of job search and small business success stories. Do you have a small business success story? If so, we would love to hear about it!

Here is another entrepreneur with a green thumb: meet Liza and Luludi Living Frames

Videography by James K. Blake III 

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  • http://www.threesalamanders.com Rosemary Wessel

    Wonderful!!! Wonderful!!
    We live right nearby, and although we’re trying to grow some of our own, our appetite for mushrooms is never satisfied. Bookmarked her site. We hunt wild mushrooms in the area as well, and as any wildcrafter will tell you, cultivated mushrooms rarely have that certain glow to them like these do. She’s doing it right! Nice profile of a business I’d have never heard about directly otherwise.