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Parasol Mycology

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierras, we grow our specialty mushrooms in Paradise, CA. Our mission is to provide high quality specialty mushrooms locally in Butte County and regionally in the North State. We believe local food and resources are crucial to the health of our environment. Parasol relies on the latest research and development to keep our farm sustainable and as eco-friendly as possible.

Our goal is to participate and give back to the local community through soil restoration, local partnerships, sponsorships, and education.

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CARISSA GARRARD

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DAVID KONYNDYK

Returning to our roots

Carissa & Dave have each been on many adventures and have had multiple careers. Prior to their marriage and family life, they got a taste for ‘traditional’ society and working in corporate systems. While they value the experience, they both knew it wasn’t for them. That life can’t sustain a human more than monetarily and they wanted more for themselves and their children.

As the world settled into pandemic life, they fled the big city of Seattle and returned to small town living in Paradise, CA where Carissa spent her childhood. The nostalgia of the old town had been burned to the ground but the the potential and resilience of the community was apparent.

They are passionate about participating in the rebuild of Paradise and hope to use their mycology research to help restore the soil on the Ridge, participate in permaculture & building projects, and create jobs for locals.

Dave, originally from Michigan, has 9 years of experience in wildland fire leadership, a B.S. in Physics from OSU, 15 years in professional engineering roles, and one year in Mycology R&D.

Carissa grew up in Northern California, both of her parents & grandparents are from Paradise. She has over 15 years of marketing and business experience with 10 years at Microsoft. She is a community builder & networker at heart and currently volunteers as Chair of the Town of Paradise Planning Commission.

Carissa and Dave have settled into their home in Upper Paradise where they live with their son Nolan, daughter Della, a dog, cat, two chickens, and a handful of fish.