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

By Jordan Michaelides

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

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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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