Queensland mushroom farming as new source of income for Covid-struck Aussies

Some 13 kilometres from the central business district of Mackay, Samara Galloway and Bret Garrity grow mushrooms in a shipping container. "It's humidity-controlled with a humidifier that's pumping a whole lot of water into the air," Ms Galloway said.  "In a natural environment, when they're growing on the forest floor, the trees would be pulling all of the red light out of the sunlight and it's the blue light that's getting to the forest floor. So, all the conditions are trying to replicate their conditions in the natural environment."

Samara Galloway and Bret Garrity were working in tourism when the Covid pandemic struck. That is why they decided to use new-found time to pursue their hobby of growing mushrooms.

"I've always been interested in fungi, from hiking and travelling around the world," Mr Garrity told abc.net.au. "We really enjoy it and find fungi fascinating and how important it is for the environment."


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