The People at Borrowed Land Farm

Farmers, teachers, naturalists, observers of curiosities large and small


So, why are a couple of marine biologists growing mushrooms? A long time ago, while living on the coast of Oregon, we had a Thanksgiving dinner prepared from local ingredients: foraged chanterelle mushrooms, smoked elk, tuna, cattail shoots, and wild greens. It tasted great, and made us feel more connected to the land. We want to help provide a similar experience for others — great tasting, local food with a story.


Ernie Wheeler

a man in a forest with the sun behind him


Ernie heads up the work for Borrowed Land Farm. He (thinks he) has a great sense of humor.


Cathy Wheeler


Cathy takes the lead on spawn production in the lab. She is easily amused.

a woman holding a basket of golden chanterelles

Mike Sprinkle

Mike handles many of the day-to-day operations and, in general, gets things done.

a man holding a basket of mushrooms