|Nick and Agape bagging innoculated sawdust.|
Nick returned to Yerba Buena Farm in December 2012, this time during the rainy season. Not only did the weather provide the moisture that the spawn needed, but Nick and the Adams experimented with a new inoculation method; rather than inserting the spawn directly into logs, they inoculated sawdust in plastic bags – a more controlled environment shielded from pests.
|Agape showing off her mushrooms!|
Last month, Agape reported, “We ate our first mushrooms! The bag method is a success for oyster mushrooms. We are in communication with Nick and he's helping us figure out how best to fruit them. We are really happy and hopeful about growing mushrooms!”
Eventually, the Adams hope to see local mushroom producers competing with foreign exporters to supply shiitake and oyster mushrooms to Jamaica’s resorts and hotels.