Where Can I Find 12 Metric Tons of Mushroom Compost per Week?

by Oscar
(Panama, Central America)

We are opening an industrial sized mushroom growing facility in Panama, Central America. We are currently trying to source out a supplier that can provide us with 12 metric tons of compost per week. Do you know of any suppliers in the area?

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Oct 16, 2011
See Beyond Large Scale
by: Compost Junkie Dave

Hi Oscar,

Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to help locate a supplier for you. One of the goals of our business is to foster and support small-scale, localized farming and gardening enterprises, not large industrial conglomerations.

Several of the reasons that our world is experiencing food shortages and malnutrition is directly related from the belief that larger is better and the associated move away from localized food systems.


Oct 17, 2011
Source of Mushroom Feedstock
by: Gardener Ed

Yes this site is intended for small farms and local gardens. However, one of the sources of valuable valuable organic matter for small farm and garden enterprises is *spent* mushroom compost. Since it is a little on the alkaline side, it is especially valuable for use on acidic tropical soils. Your local farmers will be happy to take it off your hands.

Where to find feedstock? Check with other Mushroom producers. However most of them may be in temperate zones and your requirements may be different. Transportation is a cost factor and the closer to Panama that you can find it the better. Or make your own. One of the primary ingredients is chicken litter. Are there any large scale poultry farms near by?

You probably know that there is a larger capital investment for large high pressure steam sterilization equipment. This would be cost effective over a period of years in transportation savings. Another advantage is that of quality control.

Good luck WITH your proposed endeavor.

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