Growing Oyster Mushrooms in My Concert Closet

Agriculture and forestry together were responsible for 10.5% of the world’s carbon emissions in 2018. I passionately support local farmers who make an effort to grow food using sustainable organic or Integrated Pest Management Systems. To the extent that I can living in an urban Boston apartment, I grow and forage for my own food.

Oyster mushrooms are one of the most prolific varieties of mushroom, and thrive in dark places like closets. They grow in trash like paper shreddings and spent coffee grounds, which any local coffee shop should be happy to give you near closing time. Because mushrooms are masters at transforming waste into food (some can even digest plastic) and thrive in dark spaces, they make an excellent, inexpensive urban crop.