About us

Borrowed Land Farm is located at the foot of Pilot Mountain in Surry County, North Carolina. We grow several varieties of mushrooms, which we sell straight from the farm to restaurants, customers, and farmer’s markets. Our sterile fungus lab produces spawn for our own use and for sale, including some strains that we have cloned from local wild specimens. Borrowed Land Farm is committed to fungi education as we offer school group programs, farm tours, and classes for the community.

In 2020, we partnered with Growing For Good. Together, our two farms can provide more fresh mushrooms and mushroom products to the Piedmont.

The Borrowed Land Farmers

How did a couple of marine biologists begin growing mushrooms? We once enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner in Oregon prepared from entirely 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. Now we want to help provide a similar experience for others—great tasting, local food with a story.

Cathy Wheeler

Ernie Wheeler