Mi(crogreens) Oh My(celium) Farms is worker-owned, producing 100% organic and delicious microgreens and mushrooms. Produced locally in The Bronx, our mission is to provide our community with a high-quality product at a low-cost while promoting healthy diets and lifestyles. The Bronx is adversely affected by a shortage of organic produce and healthy alternatives. We envision a renaissance in organic and healthy food alternatives grown locally, powering a local economy that can provide alternative means of buying food and earning an income. As a worker-owned business, every one of our growers earns a living wage, sharing the risks and profits of the business. Supporting worker cooperatives means you are saying no to the exploitation of labor and yes to the empowerment of workers.
Started by Bronx Native, Joél Mejia, in the summer of 2020, numerous information sessions have been held to educate people about becoming a worker-owner and cooperative economics in general, and after successfully vending at a new farmer’s market in the north Bronx area, a number of candidates trained to grow hydroponic microgreens, to become worker-owners, connect with the local Bronx food justice community, and spread the benefits of our products.
This past year we were able to serve well over 500 customers, many of them first time microgreens tasters, with many coming back week after week to purchase their weekly dose. It was then that we saw it was a viable business and we started to develop the farm share program. We have recently launched the Bronx’s first microgreens farm share program at the Riverdale Y Sunday Market, a very successful farmer’s market.
The worker cooperative is operated by a diverse set of individuals with skills and passion that synchronize with the vision of the company. Grown at the founder’s house, we maximize floor space by growing vertically, and thus reducing overhead costs as we build capital. All members need to be trained in hydroponics and how to produce our products. Members then decide what aspect of the business they feel most called to, and thus, support that aspect of the business while always maintaining the farming operations that bring in the revenue. One of our real strengths has been keeping our budgets and expenses lean this way.
As a POC worker-owned cooperative, we are now hiring workers. For more info on worker owned cooperatives, visit nycworker.coop to inform yourself about cooperative economics before completing the form if you are interested in joining the team.