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Upcycling a 1979 Greyhound bus into a mobile education center to inspire integrating fungi into urban and rural permaculture systems.
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What if I told you this bus could grow 4,000 pounds of gourmet mushrooms each year while simultaneously transforming 10 tons of forestry and agricultural waste into enriching soil?! 

There are books and articles on how to grow $100,000 on a quarter acre... this design can provide as much revenue if not more in a fraction of the space. 

Help me prove it!

Morel Compass' MycoCrusader
Morel Compass' MycoCrusader

We are going to remodel our 1979 MCI Greyhound Crusader into mobile mushroom farm and mycology lab. Giving our farm space to grow opportunity to grow year round, while creating the opportunity to travel and teach people how to incorporate fungi into urban farming, or larger permaculture systems.

Floor plan!!
Floor plan!!

Our Story:

The Morel Compass was founded to be an “in your face urban farm,” working to change the world by creating a regenerative business model that inspires and supports others, thus creating a ripple effect of people inspired to create their own regenerative businesses and creative endeavors. 

The Morel Compass currently operates out of a 6' X 8' greenhouse in downtown Port Angeles, WA. We provide our community with gourmet mushrooms and micro greens.

My name is Lily Athair, I am a single mother working to make the world a a healthier place for my daughter while trying to teach her to care for our planet and reach for her dreams. The dream of this business was injected into me via Paul Stamets' Ted Talk: 6 ways that mushrooms can save the world that I saw during my pregnancy. My passion for mushrooms grew along side the daughter inside me and since then I have been researching, taking classes, and trying my hand at cultivation myself. Including attending the first even women in mycology convergence last fall.

Turkey Tail Leg
Turkey Tail Leg

Spring of 2017 we took the leap and built a 6'X 8' greenhouse and started getting serious. I spent almost a whole year developing a business plan with tremendous help from a local business advisor, started selling mushrooms at our local farmers market, and even made it so far to be the runner up in Kitsap Bank's Edg3 Fund Competition for $20,000. 

I am grateful I did not win! The steps I was trying to take were far too big, and too much time was focused on the business, and not enough time actually cultivating or interacting with my community and family. The networking, and knowledge I gained from the experience far exceeded my expectations. From my updating my packaging and banner, to learning video editing skills, social media, and public speaking etc. The bank also gifted me with this beautiful promotional video, and through networking I had a team of 5 business students spent three months helping me create a 20 page business plan, market analysis and solid route forward (including this Kickstarter). 

Moving forward in smaller steps, the bus still allows us to be an in-your-face farmers, or an urban farmers, or a country farmers. It gives us the opportunity connect with more people, teach classes on a far wider scope and its a step up that isn't too daunting that has the potential to give to my tiny family far more than it will take from it. 

We just need your help we can have it set up before winter. We have the bus, the skills, the passion and the community support we just need your help to get the funds together before it gets too cold! 

Using the Funds:

The assets we already have:

  • Passion and Skills
  • A 38' diesel greyhound already stripped of its seats
  • 44 quart sterilizer
  • Spawn (mushroom babies)
  • Commercial Cooler
  • Humidifiers
  • Laminar Flow hood for the lab

How your funds will be used:

  • $2500 Repairing the suspension system on the bus and converting it to run on veggie oil.
  • $5500 The remodel (insulation, paint, walls, wiring, plumbing, shelving, heating, etc)
  • $850 Purchasing an under counter cooler to collect and store cultures for the lab.
  • $500 Creating pasteurization station in the compartments under the bus.
  • $750 Installing wheelchair lift to easily fill bus with growing medium.
  • $3000 Putting a small kitchen and bathroom in the back. 
  • 8% to Kickstarter
 

The Impact:

Did you know that one microscopic spore grew into the largest organism on the planet spreading over thousands of acres. Fungi shows us that the tiniest things we do have the potential to reach unimaginable impacts.

The remodel will expand our growing space, house our lab, which will allow us to: 

  • Grow 4000 pound of food between mushrooms and microgreens
  • Transform 10 tons of local waste into soil to enrich the land
  • Start cultivating spawn to provide growing materials to all interested in fungi
  • Travel and teach how to use fungi to better the world 
Nameko, Lions Mane, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail
Nameko, Lions Mane, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail

A lab gives us the opportunity to grow more varieties of fungi, like lions mane, cordyceps, milky mushroom, plus start making spawn for you to grow in logs or garden beds on your own land. 

Perks: 

Please share this around, if you can donate we have some killer perks to offer check out a couple of them below:

Custom Collage
Custom Collage
Elderberry Syrup with a fungal twist
Elderberry Syrup with a fungal twist
Kits
Kits
Personal Classes / Instalations!
Personal Classes / Instalations!

Thank you so much for your time, and your support!!! MushLove <3

Thank you!
Thank you!

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform... so we either end up with enough to complete our project or none of it. This ensures we use the donations for the project listed above instead of small donations that don't end up having much to show for it.

Our current challenges and and risks are limiting space, slugs, and the onslaught of cooler weather, limiting the growth of our mushrooms. As well as having our farm and home 20 minutes apart... once the bus is built we will have the capability of having our home and business in one space which would provide so much time to day to day living.

It will also allow us the opportunity to drive onto a piece of raw land and still thrive, and or travel around and spread the spores of knowledge at different events and festivals.

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    Morel Support

    Thank you so much every little bit helps, every drop in a bucket can add up to fill it. To thank you we will send a handmade and handwritten thank you card!

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    VIP access to our story

    Let’s get the ripple effect going! 7 dollars get you on a vip list to see updates and the bus evolve before anyone else plus some extra special offers down the line.

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    MycoCards

    Set of 4 cards with prints of original hand made mushroom centric collages made by me.

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    Re-usable Beeswax wraps

    Set of three circular reusable beeswax wraps 6', 9', 12', to help limit the plastic use in your life. Made with mushroom printed cotton, beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil.

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    Counter Kit

    One mushroom kit the size of a 1 lb coffee bag easier than pie to grow on your kitchen counter. Pick from our options: Golden Oyster, Elm Oyster, Blue Oyster, King Oyster, or Lions Mane

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    Glow in the dark mushroom kit

    Don't like eating them, this fun project you can do produces glow in the dark mushrooms the whole family can enjoy.

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    Needle Felted Mushroom Earrings

    Handmade needle felted earrings you pick the variety. Just in time for Christmas... you pick the variety. Chanterelles, Button Mushrooms, Amanitas, Porcini

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    Elderberry Chaga Syrup

    Elderberry Chaga Syrup with Yarrow, Echinacea, ginger, and cinnamon. A traditional delicious medicine with a fungal twist.

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    T-shirt with our awesome logo on the front

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    3 Indoor Grow Kits

    Three kits for a very special deal. Three different varieties of oyster mushrooms to grow in your kitchen. Includes shipping

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    The Mycophile Gift Pack

    Goodie box including: 1 T-shirt, 3 gourmet mushroom kits plus glow in the dark mushroom project, collage card set, morel salt blend, and a pair of needle felted mushroom earrings.

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    6 Month Bucket Subscription

    Bi-weekly pick up 1 gallon bucket kit, enough to keep your family well stocked up on mushrooms while enjoying to fun of growing them yourself.

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    Custom Collage

    Custom hand made collage to hang on your wall. You picking the theme and size and I’ll make it frame it and send it to you to hang on your wall. Check out pictures in the perks below.

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    Installation Project

    We'll drive to you and bring everything needed and teach you and 5 others how to install mushrooms into your permaculture system, from mushroom beds to inoculating logs. You will also have your name or a name of your choice honored on our donor page!

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    Personal Fungi Edu-party

    Will drive to you anywhere in the country, and provide a mushroom cultivation class to you and 8 others and top off the day with a catered meal for you and your guest cooked by us, featuring mushrooms. You will also have your name or a name of your choice honored on our donor page!

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