The Ugly Barn Farm is a small-scale mushroom farm located in Markstay, Ontario currently producing 18 species of medicinal and gourmet mushrooms. Mushrooms are produced with as much local material as possible and without the use of pesticides, in a year-round growing facility.
The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) Program assisted Ugly Barn Farm to purchase an additional laminar flow hood, which allows for a sterile environment by blowing sterile, filtered air over the work environment. This equipment increases productivity by allowing for more inoculation to occur in a day. This increased efficiency in production allowed Ugly Barn Farm to grow more mushrooms to continue to create new products, such as mushroom jerky and pickled mushrooms. Due to the demand for local products brought on since the COVID-19 pandemic, this project also allowed them to expand markets and hire a full-time employee.
The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity (SNAPP) Program is an initiative of the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a division of the Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre in partnership with the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance and the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre and supports Northern Ontario agriculture and food producers, businesses, collaborations, communities and First Nations to create new products, enhance productivity and adopt clean technology to support improved environmental performance while fostering growth. SNAPP is proudly supported by FedNor.