Desert Pearl Mushrooms


Desert Pearl Mushrooms is a leading indoor urban farm, committed to revolutionizing the local agricultural landscape by championing environmental sustainability.

We are proud to announce our pledge to further our commitment to a greener future with a comprehensive sustainability initiative.

At our farm, we recognize the urgent need to address environmental challenges and actively contribute to the conservation of our planet. Our unique approach to mushroom cultivation incorporates low-water consumption and low-energy practices, ensuring that our operations remain environmentally responsible. Our sustainability pledge encompasses several key elements:

  • Resource Efficiency: We make efficient use of resources by reusing agricultural byproducts, including soybean hulls and wood sawdust, which are traditionally considered waste products. By upcycling these materials as substrates for mushroom cultivation, we minimize waste and reduce the strain on landfills.
  • Water Conservation: In the arid climate of southern Arizona, water is a precious resource. We employ advanced irrigation techniques and water recycling systems to minimize water consumption, ensuring responsible stewardship of this essential resource.
  • Energy Conservation: Our state-of-the-art indoor farming facility is designed to minimize energy consumption. We utilize energy-efficient lighting and climate control systems, reducing our carbon footprint while maintaining optimal mushroom growth conditions.
  • Waste Reduction: After harvesting mushrooms, we don't stop there. Our commitment to sustainability extends to the reuse of spent mushroom substrate materials. We sell or donate these materials to other farms, supporting regenerative agriculture practices by enriching compost or fertilizing growing media and soil.
  • Community Engagement: We actively engage with our local community to raise awareness about sustainable farming practices. Through educational programs and partnerships, we aim to inspire others to adopt environmentally friendly approaches in their agricultural endeavors.

By taking these steps, Desert Pearl Mushrooms is dedicated to becoming a model of sustainable agriculture in southern Arizona. Our goal is not only to produce high-quality mushrooms, but also to demonstrate that eco-friendly farming practices can thrive in even the most challenging environments.

We invite our customers, partners, and the entire community to join us in our commitment to environmental sustainability. Together, we can make a positive impact on our planet, one mushroom at a time.

For more information about Desert Pearl Mushrooms' sustainability initiatives or to arrange an interview, please contact us at or (520) 815-6874.

Desert Pearl Mushrooms is a forward-thinking indoor urban mushroom farm based in Tucson, Arizona—one of only two US cities with a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation. We are dedicated to producing delicious and nutritious mushrooms while championing environmentally sustainable practices that benefit our planet and our community.

John De Lorenzo and Kris Savage
Co-Owners, Desert Pearl Mushrooms