Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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Nature’s Perfection Shiitake Mushrooms – Aylmer

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MPP for Lambton, Kent, Middlesex Maria Van Bommel, Judi Lindsay, Carl Lindsay and Alvin Lindsay

MPP for Lambton, Kent, Middlesex Maria Van Bommel, Judi Lindsay, Carl Lindsay and Alvin Lindsay

The Lindsays are certainly not in the dark when it comes to bright ideas for growing shiitake mushrooms. They started by cleverly converting a tobacco kiln and customizing carts, shelving and tracks to make cleaning easier, thereby reducing the threat of disease and increasing yields. The growers manufacture their own sawdust blocks as media in which their own mushrooms grow, and sell the blocks to other growers. The indoor nature of the operation means continuous production, as opposed to the traditional two-month production cycle. And they’re generous with their innovation – hosting educational farm tours and donating product for fundraising charities in the community.


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