We’re often asked why we named our mushroom business New Leaf Grown. Actually, our business was named long before we ever decided to grow mushrooms. Our business sprouted from a calling to create a lifestyle in alignment with our hearts and with the natural world. Several years ago, we decided it was time to ditch the corporate and suburban lifestyle and turn a New Leaf in our lives.
Inspired by the study of permaculture design, we initially focused on starting a community supported agriculture (CSA) service with vegetables grown in an aquaponics system. In our first two years of operation, we invested in sustainable permaculture practices, aquaponically grown herbs and vegetables, fresh and dried hot house peppers, hydroponically grown microgreens, as well as some limited mushroom cultivation. Although the aquaponics system worked well, we realized it wasn’t scalable enough to be feasible with the space we had available. So, we decided to focus on growing mushrooms instead. We quickly came to deeply appreciate the enormous health and medicinal benefits of consuming mushrooms, as well as the integral relationship fungi have with the natural world and with our culture.
Cultivate and deliver delicious, nutrient-dense and medicinally-beneficial organic mushrooms.
Support the financial needs of our family and employees, and contribute to a localized food system that supports the local economy.
Increase our regional food security and build mutually-beneficial relationships within our community.
Contribute to a healthier, sustainable, plant-based food system.
Approach our work with love and gratitude, which are the most important nutrients for anything we choose to cultivate in our lives.
We are located in the Sierra foothills of Northern California approximately one-hour northeast of Sacramento near the historic gold mining towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Our modest five-acre farm consists of open pastures and gently rolling hills adorned with granite rock outcroppings and dozens of oak, pine, maple, redwood, and black walnut trees. The property also features a seasonal pond and stream and small orchard of fruit trees. All of our water comes from two underground wells on the property.