When Kris Savage and John De Lorenzo, along with a couple of other college friends, first began their agroponics business in their backyard, growing mushrooms wasn’t part of the plan.
“We were trying to find a better way to get CO2 into the greenhouse,” said De Lorenzo. “So, we built a mushroom chamber off to the side to see if we could do it naturally,” Savage added.
Then a strange thing happened, the mushrooms took over, and the guys had mushrooms growing everywhere. A friend bought some mushrooms and took them to a farmer’s market, where they sold like hotcakes.
Being bright young men (De Lorenzo has a BS in chemistry and a BA in Italian Languages and Literature; Savage has a BS in Engineering/Industrial Management)(all from the University of Arizona,) they soon realized that growing mushrooms might be easier to manage and more profitable.
“We had like two pounds a week, and we thought we’d struck gold,” said Savage.
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