Seattle is taking their love of coffee to the next level! Meet the Urban Mushroom Farmers: Olson Kundig Architects + CityLab7 have collaborated to create a mushroom farm inside a storefront that repurposes the city’s discarded coffee grounds as compost.
The mushroom-growing tent is made from salvaged plywood and plastic; it allows neighbours and tourists alike to observe how repurposed coffee grounds can be used to grow tasty fungi. The urban farm, which houses some 215 oyster mushroom growing bags, was also created to accommodate large groups for educational workshops, lectures and community lunches. The yield of over 200 lbs of mushrooms from the project will be donated to local families in need.
According to Olson Kundig, “When the installation concludes, the team hopes to have sparked new relationships within the community, fostered dialogue about new business practices such as localized urban agriculture as a viable food source, and demonstrated the role that individuals play in urban food and waste systems”.