What do you get when you combine a personal trainer, ecologist and hospitality worker? A mushroom farm of course! Joseph Colbert and brother Benjamin and Blake Martinez started Southern Brothers Farm in 2017 because they have a similar philosophy and goals in life including being self sufficient and growing their own food.
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The team is big into permaculture, a set of design principles centered on whole systems thinking, simulating, or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems. It uses these principles in a growing number of fields from regenerative agriculture, rewilding, and community resilience (thank you Wikipedia!). They grow all their mushrooms in a two car garage and can produce over 200 lbs of mushrooms in a week!
The trio has a knack for finance and were able to start their farm debt free. However, they aren’t retiring on their yacht just yet, they have taken all the profits and reinvested them back into the farm. They have yet to pay themselves so the business can grow to a point that it is sustainable for them to do this full time. They are in the process of upgrading the garage and the grow space even more to produce more varieties of mushrooms. One of their goals is being able to produce and sell over 1000 lbs of mushrooms a week consistently.
The trio really enjoys teaching people and showing others how to grow mushrooms. All of their mushroom cultures come from reputable vendors, they do not sell foraged mushrooms.
70-80% of their business is selling to restaurants, however, you can find their mushrooms at Forsyth Farmers Market. They also work with Waygreen online.
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