Windarring Urban Mushrooms: A story of empowerment and innovation
The farm is operated by Windarring Australian Disability Enterprise and aims to provide sustainable and engaging employment opportunities to people with a disability. Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are part of a continuum of employment opportunities for people with disability and act as a link, helping them gain training and experience to confidently step into open employment or to continue in supported employment if they choose.
At Windarring Urban Mushrooms, ADE is currently employing 6 workers for 3 days per week. They started working in February and they have recently harvested their first crop of 500g Oyster mushrooms, which was delivered to Daskaffeehaus Restaurante in Castlemaine.
The Windarring team collects coffee waste to be recycled in their compost system and sell the produce of Life Cykel’ s Oyster Mushrooms to local restaurants and markets. They also stock a wide range of Life Cykel’s products, including the Oyster Mushroom Box, the Coffee Microgreens Box and the Magick drinks.
“We are currently focusing on Castlemaine, although will extend the focus to Kyneton, Bendigo and Daylesford areas” says Mark Castle, the Project Manager, and adds: “We have approximately 20 cafes in Castlemaine, 3 specialty fruit shops and delicatessens and about 10 restaurants”.