Premier Mushrooms and
Colusa Industrial Properties FARMS Leadership | North
State | October 22, 2019
Location of Field Day: Premier Mushrooms and Colusa Industrial Properties Colusa, CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors: John Ashbaugh – Premier Mushrooms, CEO Misty Castellanos – Premier Mushrooms, Growing Analyst Ed Hulbert – Colusa Industrial Properties, CEO
Summary of the Day: We kicked off the 2019-2020 North State FARMS Leadership
Program with a field day at Premier Mushrooms in Colusa, CA. Premier Mushrooms employees the largest number of people within Colusa Industrial Properties (CIP) at around 230 employees. They are also operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a
To start off the day the the students did ice breaker
activities to get to know the different students from the schools participating
this year. The North State FARMS Leadership Program is made up of 6 different high schools including Marysville, Maxwell, Yuba City, River Valley, Core Charter, and Pierce. At the end of our
final ice breaker we headed over to the property where Premier Mushrooms has their growing operations.
John Ashbaugh the CEO of Premier Mushrooms gave us an
introduction to the company. He then introduced us to our tour guide for the
day, Misty Castellanos. During our tour Misty took us into the grow houses
where we were able to see mushrooms at all different stages of production.
Since mushrooms are a fungus Premier Mushrooms plants millet seed inoculated
with the mushroom strain to grow their mushroom varieties. It takes
approximately 50 days from planting the seeds until the mushrooms are ready to
harvest. Harvest of the mushrooms last 3 to 5 days and each room will grow 2 or
3 crops that can be harvested before they have to clean the room and prep it
for another cycle.
After our tour we headed over to Colusa industrial
Properties where they hosted us for lunch. We wrapped up our field day learning
about the property and the many different businesses that it houses. Thank you
Colusa Industrial Properties and Premier Mushrooms for a great start to the
Location of Field Day:
Premier Mushrooms and Colusa Industrial Properties
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
John Ashbaugh – Premier Mushrooms, CEO
Chris Krebs – Premier Mushrooms, Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Foley – Premier Mushrooms, Sustainability Programs Manager
Ed Hulbert – Colusa Industrial Properties, CEO
Summary of the Day:
The North State FARMS Leadership Program began our field days for the 2018-2019 school year at Colusa Industrial Properties and Premier Mushroom in Colusa, California. Premier Mushrooms employees the largest number of people within Colusa Industrial Properties (CIP) at around 230 employees. They are also operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The FARMS Leadership students were given an introduction to Premier Mushrooms by Chris Krebs, the Chief Operating Officer. Then the students were split up into 3 groups and taken on tours of the facilities. During the tour the students were able to see many different jobs throughout the operation. They were also able to learn about the different varieties of mushrooms and see them at many different stages. After touring the main facilities and seeing different grow rooms we traveled over to the processing and packaging facility for a tour. Concluding our tours, we went back over to CIP for lunch and the FARMS Leadership students were joined by some of the staff from Premier Mushrooms. The staff all gave presentations on where they came from, how they ended up working at Premier Mushrooms, and what they do for the company now. They were all very insightful and the students were able to see a wide range of backgrounds and employees. After lunch Ed Hulbert, the CEO of Colusa Industrial Properties, joined us and discussed with the students the background of CIP and talked about the different companies there and CIP’s connection to Premier Mushrooms.
“One thing I didn’t know about mushrooms that I learned today was the mass quantities in which they grow in a short period of time.” – Madi D. (Marysville High School)
“Something I learned from this field day was that it takes at least 15 days to make good compost.” – Katie W. (Pierce High School).