The Bristol Fungarium planted it's mycelial roots from humble beginnings with many small hands at work. As an organic farmer and former forest school leader, founder, Tom Baxter spent two years initiating "The Growing Up Project" which welcomed children from 9 months to 19 years into an organic farm just outside Bristol, encouraging them to reconnect with nature and learn what it means to work with the land.
With a penchant for fungi and growing demand for organic mushroom products; in 2020, The Growing Up Project was reborn as The Bristol Fungarium, focusing on the finest quality, organic certified UK-bred native and exotic mushrooms; handling the whole process from spores to sterile lab work, liquid mycelium cultivation and finally the fruiting blocks. Today the Bristol Fungarium crops over a ton of 18 strains of fungi each month including maitake, shiitake, king oyster and 7 other strains of oyster mushroom, wine caps, lions mane, reishi, turkey tail, and cordyceps. Many of which are now featured in the first UK grown organic certified range of medicinal mushroom products to hit the market.
The Bristol Fungarium is a developing story, and this is only the beginning. Stay tuned for exciting updates and feel free to contact us if you would like to be involved!