Le Champignon de Bruxelles

Le Champignon De Bruxelles mushroom farming

Le Champignon de Bruxelles started with Hadrien Velge, Sevan Holemans and Thibault Fastenakels. After reading some inspiring books, they discovered an emerging niche with an enormous potential to change the world for the good: the cultivation of mushrooms on organic waste sourced in cities. Without asking too much questions, they embarked on an adventure and went from young students to being successful entrepreneurs.

Waste is a valuable resource

It is time to say goodbye to our linear economic model of “take, make & dispose”. The circular and blue economy is about producing, consuming and regenerating in an endless creative spiral.

The young team of Le Champignon de Bruxelles has already experimented with growing different kinds of mushrooms on what was once seen as “waste”, for example coffee grounds and brewery waste. In this way, they recover the by-products of other industries and use them to grow mostly shiitakes.

And even after the harvesting of the mushrooms, the substrates are excellent excellent resources. They can be used as fodder, or to be added to the soils of (urban) farms in Brussels.

Also check out the best promo-video ever, made by Master Shiit and Shiitakid from the hip hop collective Pang! – 100% Bio.

The 12 Steps of le Champignon de Bruxelles

Champignon de Bruxelles - Part 1

All of this sounds easy, yet we can asure that it is not. Starting an urban mushroom farm with waste products from the city holds many challenges.

To learn how le Champignon de Bruxelles solved these challenges and to learn about the 12 steps they undertook to transform their vision into reality

Champignon de Bruxelles - Part 2

Heading down into the caves to indulge ourselves with the spirit of mushrooms

Mushrooms?

It’s hard to know where to start when talking about these amazing organisms. Fungi are by far the most undervalued organism on this planet. Most people only know them by their fruit, most farmers know them as pests, yet they hold so much more possibilities.

These magnificent creatures have been used by humans for over 10.000 years as food and medicine. But probably the most unknown factor about mushrooms is their importance for this planet’s ecosystem. They are the creators of life and they are the network that connects life.

And when it comes to farming them, it is important to know that they work in a completely different way than other organisms. To learn more about these wonderful organisms, check out the introduction to mushroom growing on Vertical Farming Academy.

Shiitake

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) is a very interesting mushroom. It is known because it is delicious and also because it’s so healthy, that it is being used as a medicin. About 90 percent of world production of shiitake’s comes from China and the traditional substrate for shiitakes is wood sawdust, mostly oak. 

Le Champignon de Bruxelles chose the Shiitake for the above reason and instead of using traditional growing methods, they are looking to grow them on waste streams inside the city.

This is a new art and science, so expect this to change and improve more in the future.

King of Mushrooms

” The shiitake is also the king of the mushrooms. They are rich in protein and vitamin C and B12, are very good for blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, shiitakes have a cancer-inhibiting effect due to the substance lentinan that enhances the immune system.”

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