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Dr K. K. Tan, founder of Mycofarm, is leading the way in the future of fungi. A former professor of NUS, Dr. Tan has put his research to action in this climate controlled facility in the countryside of Ang Mo Kio. I was lucky enough to tour the facility and chat with him about urban agriculture.
The cool sheds that housed the mushroom “logs” was a pleasant escape from the wet heat of Singapore. Temperatures ranged from about 14°C-20°C depending on the type of mushroom being cultivated.
The farm propagates several varieties of mushrooms, including Shiitake, Oyster, and Willow.
Shiitakes are known in alternative medicine as a cure for HIV, cancer, and heart disease… wait, why aren’t these in everything?!?!
The mushrooms are cultivated using a variety of substrates, including wood logs and a compost like mixture.
These are probably some of the highest quality mushrooms you will find in the area. It may not be “certified organic”, but it doesn’t get any more organic than this.
In addition to being able to purchase mushrooms directly from the farm, they offers a variety of value added products such as my personal favorites, Shiitake floss and their Shiitake Stout brew.
If you want to arrange your own visit, call +65 6773 0377. Here’s the location.