Apr 20, 2021
Farmer grows mushrooms inside 900 square-foot building
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Fresno, California -- "Right here, we have a wall of mushrooms. This is how they grow. These are lion's manes, Italian oysters, blue oysters and the interesting part is that they all start at this size," Harris said.
"I think that I am probably the only minority farmer and person of color that grows mushrooms, that way, in the state of California," he added.
Harris grew up on a farm but called himself an urban farmer. All the work is done inside his rented space.
"The beautiful thing about this is I don't have to spend $10,000 an acre, a minimum of ten acres or whatever it may be. It's literally a 900 square foot building. Some obstacles, when I started looking and telling people I wanted to grow mushrooms, they had no idea," Harris said.
He said most people are only familiar with the three types of mushrooms they see at the grocery stores, but there are many more.
"What we grow are blue oysters, a variety of oysters, blue oysters, elm oysters, Pio Pinos, lions manes, chestnuts. I just got six new strains that I got, so I'm looking forward to growing those," Harris said.
He said interest in mushrooms is growing as people look to create their own food and meat prices soar. They sell kits for people to grow at home.
"Within a month, 45 days top, so it's a really fast process. They say if you stared at mushrooms long enough, you could see them grow," Harris said.
Harris started a mushroom delivery service in the Fresno and Clovis area. It starts at $14 a pound.
His mushrooms are also served at local restaurants, including Heirloom and Libelula.
The entrepreneur has a passion for fungi in the Valley. With these local mushrooms, Harris hopes not only to feed local residents but educate and create urban farmers in our area.
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“Today is a great day for America.” Those were President Joe Biden’s first words at the podium in the Rose Garden as he addressed the White House Press Corps for the first time without a mask since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Several reporters who were there at the Rose Garden confirmed that reporters and White House staffers who had been fully vaccinated removed their masks too.
“Let’s go to the White House,” said CNN anchor Victor Blackwell. “This is President Biden in the Rose Garden and without a mask as he comes out on the day of the new guidelines from the CDC.”
Biden was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, also maskless, as they walked outside. “Sunshine,” Biden was overheard saying happily. “You’ve got a great smile,” replied Harris.
“Well, today is a great day for America,” said Biden. “Our long battle with the coronavirus.”
The new CDC guidelines, Biden explained, no longer include recommending that fully vaccinated people wear masks, “whether you are inside or outside,” praising this news as “a great milestone, a great day.”
This was possible Biden continued, because of America’s “extraordinary success” in vaccinating so many people — 250 million shots in 114 days.
“And we’re seeing the results,” he said, with cases down in 49 of 50 states, and both deaths and hospitalizations at the lowest they had been since April 2020. Other countries, even wealthy ones, were facing challenges with a slower vaccine rollout, but “things are very different here.”
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