On a small street tucked away in Bedford-Stuyvesant, thousands of mushrooms grow in climate-controlled rooms.
Smallhold is a Brooklyn-based specialty mushroom farm that uses patented technology to produce the crazy, colorful, and cartoonish toadstools that later end up in grocery stores and restaurants.
Smallhold co-founder and CEO Andrew Carter says they started in 2017 in a shipping container under the Williamsburg bridge."We felt like if you could do it in Brooklyn, you could do it anywhere," he says. The current location has five growing rooms, each of them climate-controlled for things like temperature and humidity, to create the optimal conditions for the type of mushroom being grown.
As the US deals with supply chain shortages, there's a renewed conversation around local produce and urban farming. The company has also recently spread its spores to Austin and Los Angeles. Carter says the demand has been fueled, in part, by the pandemic when they introduced at-home growing kits.
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