LifeCap Farms is a new sustainable urban mushroom farm based out of Jersey City, NJ. LifeCap is passionate about providing local, organic, gourmet mushrooms and mushroom-based products to the community. Its mission is to spread the love of mushrooms, educate the community on mushrooms’ endless health benefits, and illustrate how to grow organic healthy foods in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way.

LifeCap Farms was founded by Baris Sonmez, a Jersey native who worked in corporate America for 12 years. In 2015, Baris decided to travel the world to pursue other passions. Six months in, Baris had to come back home to take care of his family for personal reasons. Not having enough of his own resources at the time, he decided to start growing vegetables in his garden to save on groceries. This ignited Baris’ passion for seeing things grow—  and he started volunteering for Green Acre Community Garden in his hometown of Paterson, NJ.

This volunteer work led to a passion for helping build food systems in food deserts and a love for helping to provide organic produce to the community. Baris decided to expand his passion and take classes at various universities to expand his farming knowledge. It was then that he found the hidden gem of ‘Fungi.’ Baris shared with The Hoboken Girl, “Mushrooms are something complex and beautiful at the same time. They can decompose matter and bring life to a given environment. They are medicinal and ancient.” As a result of this newly discovered passion for mushrooms, LifeCap Farms was born in 2018.

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