As food activist & farmer, Patrick has over 15 years of experience in growing food and developing food systems. Patrick’s passion for growing food started at university, where he grew his own vegetables and began to learn the art of growing mushrooms. This hobby blossomed into a career when he started his own ecological & ethical business - Upcycled Mushrooms.
Upcycled mushrooms is a small scale mushroom spawn lab in Bristol selling a range of exotic and unusual mushrooms cultures and growing supplies to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in growing mushrooms.
Upcycled mushrooms is a member of the Land Workers Alliance, a union for small scale agroecological farmers and workers. This is the UK division of La Via Campesina which aim to protect and fight for the rights of traditional farmers globally. Upcycled mushrooms is also a member of the British Mycological Society.
Patrick now consults with farms to create sustainable growing solutions, using systems which limit the energy required for fungi cultivation whilst also recycling natural waste materials from the local area into food to feed fungi. Through Upcycled Mushrooms, he provided exotic mushrooms to local restaurants, rare local-origin strains of fungi for other growers, and a range of workshops & courses on how to grow edible mushrooms. To encourage people to grow amazing mushrooms at home, Patrick developed the UK’s first ready to fruit “grow your own” Lion’s Mane mushroom kits. These kits - and now also Pink Oyster & Wine Cap grow kits.
Patrick has also helped set up other innovative & unique farming projects, including the community led urban micro dairy, Street Goat www.streetgoat.co.uk. As a food activist, he gives talks around the world on these projects and more. His current talk on tour: “Postveganism - Moving beyond diet identities.”