#060: The Life Cykel of urban farming - Ryan Creed

By Jordan Michaelides
April 03, 2018

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Image credit: Matt Jelonek

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Ryan Creed ( @RyanCreed ) is the co-founder of an urban farming startup, Life Cykel, created in 2015 with co-founder Julian. After discovering how to grow mushrooms from waste coffee grounds, the two of them left their jobs as FIFO workers in the Western Australian mines, to inspire new attitudes towards food production, waste products and mushrooms.

Three years on, Life Cykel is connecting people with delicious and convenient mushroom products in the form of drinks, home growing kits, and five commercial farms across the country.

This episode is a fascinating lesson in the potential of urban farming, and my new-found obsession with its ability to meet the expected shortcomings in global food production. Ryan is a brilliant educator and someone whom you should keep an eye on as this industry grows.

Many thanks to Geert from Farmwall (ep 55) for the introduction. This was a huge episode for novice greenthumbs out there, which included topics such as:

  • Thongs and foot posture

  • Earliest connection with food and sport

  • Where he grew up, team he played for

  • Lessons learnt from his parents

  • Rural upbringing, sense of community

  • How he met Life Cykel co-founder Julian

  • How Life Cykel got started

  • Paul Stamets and the medicinal properties

  • Why mushrooms over microgreens?

  • Future of Life Cykel and mushrooms

  • Psychedelic treatment and research

  • Urban farming in Australia

Enjoy the episode! 




Show notes

00:57 - Introduction

04:05 - Thongs and foot posture

06:29 - Earliest connection with food and sport

07:23 - Where he grew up, team he played for

07:55 - Lessons learnt from his parents

08:45 - Father’s influence and relationship

11:34 - Rural upbringing, sense of community

14:38 - How he met Life Cykel co-founder Julian

15:57 - A miner’s health and wellness

17:57 - How Life Cykel got started

19:12 - How they became focused on mushrooms

24:04 - Life Cykel: What it is, how it works

27:08 - Mushroom growing shed, Magick range

29:27 - Types of mushrooms grown and used

31:01 - Paul Stamets and the medicinal properties

34:55 - Valter Longo

36:11 - Why mushrooms over microgreens?

37:25 - Future of Life Cykel and mushrooms

42:55 - Psychedelic treatment and research

44:13 - Evaluating new products

47:34 - Urban farming in Australia

49:51 - Funding, competitors, expansion

53:15 - Crops of interest

55:01 - Their most important roles

57:08 - Risks involved and efficiency

58:45 - Leaders in urban farming, Flow Hive

01:00:00 - Urban farming resources

01:01:39 - Worst startup advice he received

01:03:31 - If he could start all over

01:04:46 - Daily routine

01:06:35 - Exercise

01:09:04 - Best purchase under $200

01:09:35 - Influential book & if he could have a billboard anywhere


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