Total loan: $10,000


Ithaca, NY, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped fund the construction of 6 new grow rooms and additional mushroom cultures and substrates to expand operations.

Wendy's story

Blue Oyster Cultivation is a gourmet mushroom farm owned by Joseph and Wendy Rizzo. We are based in beautiful city of Ithaca, New York. Joseph and Wendy met at a New York City Greenmarket where Joseph worked many seasons with his family's farm. After finishing college Joe spent several years teaching botany and life science to inner-city middle school children in Brooklyn. While the work was rewarding, they decided to change course and move the family upstate. Since then we have brought our botanical skills to Central New York where we are committed to creating a sustainable, ecological model using oyster mushrooms as the centerpiece. Now our beautiful gourmet mushrooms can be found in Ithaca and New York City Greenmarkets. Our first Kiva campaign was a huge success. Now we are ready to take our business to the next level. Our next goal is to expand our operation into a new facility in order to meet growing demand.