Mushrooms sprout new lease on life in remote woolshed

Mar 28, 2023

Kyle Davey is a man with many hats. He's been a sheep farmer, a builder, a beekeeper and the local postman.

Two years ago, he decided he needed a winter off - but with all those skills under his belt, it's no surprise he got bored.

But an idea was sprouting, and by happy coincidence, eventually some pretty fungi turned into a serious horticultural enterprise.

I thought 'I've got to find something to do while I'm at home," Kyle says. "I saw some ready-to-grow bags and got addicted from there." Kyle says he's always been interested in mushrooms and simply got carried away.

He and his wife Cath live up one of New Zealand's longest no-exit road - Waitotara Valley Road in Taranaki. It's where the couple have landed since meeting in Australia where Cath worked as a theatre nurse.



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