With CBA’s support, SA Mushrooms has invested significantly over the past four years to introduce new innovative technology to enhance the sustainability of its business and the quality of its mushrooms.
Run by brothers Nick Femia and Nat Femian [pictured], their father Sam Femia Senior, and Nick’s son Sam Femia junior, SA Mushrooms has grown 150 percent in the past four years. The fully integrated business comprises a mushroom farm, compost yard, and market stand, producing around 55 tonnes of mushrooms a week to supply major retailers, markets, and greengrocers around Australia.
Nick Femia said the business is completely focused on its customers and always looking for ways to improve sustainability, quality, and efficiencies. Specialized monitoring systems and processes are key, given mushrooms grow at a rapid rate of 1mm an hour.
To ensure the mushrooms have the optimum environment to thrive, the Femia’s introduced a new enterprise resource program and integrated process management systems that can measure everything from mushroom and compost quality to picker productivity and environmental factors, such as moisture and nitrogen levels, on an hourly basis.
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