Rachel Gruger is co-owner of Gruger Family Fungi in Nisku, Alberta. It is the only indoor vertical mushroom farm of its kind in the country. As it specializes in tree-loving mushrooms, we won’t see regular grocery store portobello or button mushrooms growing there.
In just three years, the Grugers went from farming their first mushrooms in a converted shipping container to producing about 12,000 pounds of mushrooms per month in their Nisku facility. The farm grows 10 different kinds of mushroom. Some are for consumption, some are medicinal varieties.