A Nampa Christian middle school student’s passion for growing edible mushrooms sprouted in 8th grade – when he decided to grow a few for a science project.
While the science project failed – as he did not make it past the first few mushroom-growing stages – his drive to become a successful mushroom grower stuck with him.
Today, 20-year-old Brody Ferguson runs his mushroom farm – Ferg’s Fabulous Fungi – in Greenleaf, Idaho and sells his produce at several farmers’ markets, online, and to several local restaurants including Alavita, KIN, and High Note Cafe.
Science experiment to sustainable business
“Throughout high school, I said I never wanted to be a mushroom farmer for a living, it’s just a weird persona, but here I am now doing it full time and I love it!” Ferguson said.
After his science experiment, Ferguson spent several years learning and experimenting with the growing process.
“I also realized I was the only person in the state doing what I was doing and that it had the potential to develop into something pretty big!” He said. “So after about a year of selling to some restaurants, I officially started my business Ferg’s Fabulous Fungi.”