History of the Industry
The origin of commercial mushroom growing in Australia can be traced back to 1933 in disused railway tunnels under Sydney – including the incomplete Circular Quay to St James line. In the late 1930’s the mushroom industry moved outdoors to the Hawkesbury district when growers created the first raised beds in open fields, covered by nothing more than straw and hessian bags.
It was hard going, with low yields and fragile mushroom crops at the mercy of Australia’s weather extremes. Relying on the expertise and hard work of newly-arrived migrants, the Australian mushroom industry became a reality.
With growing techniques in the 1940s and 50s still largely unchanged from the methods used in 19th Century Europe, mushrooms were very much a seasonal crop in Australia, produced during the cooler months.
It wasn't until the 1960s that modern mushroom farming emerged on a world-wide basis. In 1961, 18 growers attended a meeting in Parramatta to discuss the future of the mushroom industry.
From these humble beginnings, the Australian Mushroom Growers Association (AMGA) was formed. Committed to mushroom growers and the mushroom industry, the mission of the AMGA is simple: to provide wholesome food for the community.
In 2012, Australian Mushroom Growers celebrated 50 years of growing together.