Smallhold - Mushroom farming in New York

SmallHold mushroom farming New York

The pioneers

Smallhold is Andrew Carter (left) and Adam Demartino (right), 2 skilled and motivated changemakers from New York City.  Via mushroom farming, they want to bring people into contact with their food in the simplest way possible: Bringing the farm to them. In doing so, they challenged the world to hold their food to higher standards of freshness, supply, and sustainability.

Smallhold Labs

Built entirely out of reclaimed shipping containers welded together, the Smallhold Lab serves as our central headquarters and distribution center, providing New York City with subscription produce daily. It also serves as a manufacturing facility for the SmallHold Minifarms and R&D center for new projects.

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The 12 steps Tour

Tour with Smallhold - September 2016

During the 2016 NYC Agtech week, the KIKVORS team was allowed to follow and film the exclusive Smallhold farm tour.

Get the tour and learn about the 12 steps Andrew and Adam undertook to transform their vision into reality.

Minifarm Technology

Smallhold Networked Minifarms are 100% climate-controlled vertical farms. They employ the latest in agricultural technology.

Minifarms fit in small spaces and are outfitted with wifi, allowing growers back at Smallhold Headquarters to monitor and control the chamber from afar. This means Smallholders get all of the benefits of a modern farm but only have to take care of the best task: Picking and serving the produce.

More info on mushrooms

Mushrooms are seemingly mysterious and are super valuable to our world. They come in all sorts of colors, sizes, shapes and textures. Different species are found throughout our planet including on land, in water, in the air, and even in plants and animals.

Throughout history we learned how to use them for various purposes: to produce delicious foods like bread, cheese, and even beer, and they have also helped us save thousands of lives since they have helped us develop medicines.

Did you know the fungi kingdom is more similar to the animal kingdom than the plant kingdom? This is because they are eukaryotic and are not autotrophs like plants, they don’t have chlorophyll and instead, they obtain their food by decomposing matter or eating off their hosts as parasites.

Find more info on mushrooms via the open-source website: Vertical Farming Academy by the Association for Vertical Farming.