Our small family homestead is nestled next to the Little Maquoketa River in the Midwest Driftless Region. As stewards of the land and to our two young girls we wish to impart the knowledge and wisdom of what it means to truly care for the land. Our mission as growers, teachers and caretakers is to grow sustainable, pure and safe food while improving food accessibility, educating, building awareness and using mycoremediation and bioremediation in our growing practices, minimizing our carbon footprint by building healthier soil and a closer relationship with the land.
Growing food and raising our small flock of 40 meat and layer chickens is essential to our existence as a small family and homestead. Every plant we grow, every mushroom we cultivate and every chicken we raise all contribute to the amazing circle of life growth and nutrition. From fertility of our crops to the moment it reaches our table we are connected to our food.
We marry this method of growing pure and safe food by cultivating all of our gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in hardwood that is sustainably and regeneratively harvested. With thanks to generous individuals we are able to fulfill our purpose as stewards by keeping our practices sustainable and renewable. As mushroom cultivators we also believe in the sustainability as well as the bioavailability of natural nutrients offered by hardwood logs and mulch in an outdoor setting as opposed to mushrooms that are cultivated artificially indoors.
We currently offer seasonal CSA farm shares, run market stands in the Galena Territories as well as at the Dubuque Farmers’ Market, deliver to several local restaurants and several local food markets. During the winter season we enjoy imparting knowledge through co-hosting workshops around the tri-states.
As growers of vegetables and mushrooms we are inspired by the symbiotic relationship between mycelium (mushrooms), plants and our ecosystem. We use our knowledge of bioremediation and mycoremediation to aid in the restoration and revitalization of the soil. By naturally amending our soil through minimizing our tillage, applying mycorhizal/microbial brews, as well as utilizing permaculture practices we strengthen the overall health of our plants and vegetables. This amazing harmonious relationship between fungi and plant feeds our for growing safe, sustainable food and medicine.
At Stone Hollow Gardens and Shroomery we choose to grow our produce organically through bioremediation and mycoremediation to build nutrient rich soil and obtain healthier vegetable crops and higher yields as well as cultivating all of our gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in hardwood that we source from the land we live on and care-take. In our garden beds, hardwood mulch beds and inoculated logs all hardwood is sourced from recently fallen trees or already lumbered timber at the height of the winter. This ensures the highest nutrients for the various fungi strains as they incubate, colonize and prepare their delicious fruiting body for our enjoyment. We sustainably harvest our hardwood and cultivate it in this way to not upset or imbalance our local ecosystem, while minimizing our carbon footprint on the environment and creating zero waste! Quite the opposite of larger commercial and conventional mushroom cultivators, which use exorbitant amounts of electricity to run and maintain their operations as well as releasing large amounts of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere!
By introducing mycorrhizae medicinal and gourmet mycelium to our garden, forest and surrounding landscape we allow through bioremediation, mycoremediation and agroforestry this beautiful and amazing lifelong symbiotic relationship between fungi, soil, plant, tree and fauna to form. This not only creates more nutrient rich garden beds and healthier crops, but more abundant mushroom and vegetable harvests seasonally by increasing the bioavailability of nutrients not only in the topsoil, but as well as the underlying clay and compact earth below. We like to call this amazing symbiotic joining of fungi, soil, and plant “the Web of Life.” Mushroom feeding plant, plant feeding mushroom as well as plant and mushroom feeding soil.This concept of the “circle of life” through fungi feeds our passion for growing safe, sustainable food and using food and mushroom as medicine. Our path reflects this desire to provide for our small family homestead as well as to spread this source to our community and beyond! We look forward to continuing this relationship with our community in the years to come.