No, we aren’t becoming mushroom farmers – these fungi are spontaneously sprouting from the compost piles! Because mushrooms aren’t plants, they can’t make their own food. Instead, they feed on decaying plants and animals and play an important role in recycling nutrients back into the soil. Because of the cool, damp weather conditions we’ve had lately (and the fact that we don’t turn this compost pile often) the mushroom spores that landed in this pile have grown into huge mushrooms. While we wouldn’t dare eat these mushrooms without expert identification, we’re happy that the fungi are helping us break down the wood chips!