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Employee Entrepreneurs: Cameron Meeks with Myriad Mycology

We interviewed Standing Stone server Cameron Meeks about his business, Myriad Mycology, and its history.  Make sure to check out the video below and hear what he has to say.  Or, if you’re more of the reading type, take a look at the post below.

A handful of Standing Stone employees here have their own small businesses that they maintain while putting in time as our coworkers.  We have a wide range of entrepreneurs; one has their own baking business, and another a swimwear line.  We also have professional photographers and graphic designers.

Cameron examines mycelium in his one of his labs (photo courtesy of C. Meeks.)

Cameron examines mycelium in his one of his labs. (Photo courtesy of C. Meeks.)

One employee runs a business based around mycology. What’s mycology you ask?  It’s the study of mycelium, the vegetative part of fungus.  Basically, the roots of mushrooms.  In the case of Cameron Meeks, it’s the study and mass production of mushrooms for medicinal benefits.  Long story short, Cameron is a mushroom guru: he grows medicinal mushrooms in his lab, as well as harvests those natural to southern Oregon.  His business is called Myriad Mycology, and is based out of Talent, Oregon.  Mushrooms can provide a multitude of medicinal benefits, ranging from bolstering the immune system to slowing the growth of cancerous tumors.  They’ve been found to treat autoimmune diseases such as HIV and Leukemia.  However, mycology and its medicinal properties are largely unexplored, which is one reason why Cameron started his business.

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Bounty of mushrooms after a hike with Cameron. (Photo courtesy of N. Blakeslee.)

His mycology business began just over two years ago, and focuses on the production of several key medicinal varietals.  The business has grown rapidly recently, doubling the size of his lab and his overall output in less than half a year.   Additionally, Cameron takes people out on mushroom hikes from time-to-time, sharing his knowledge of mushrooms with those who come along.

Most of all, Myriad Mycology provides bulk medicinal powder, both in small and large scale production.  Cameron sends large quantities to pharmaceutical companies, and also provides smaller packages for the individual consumer.  His products are available on his website, as well as the Tuesday Growers and Crafters Market in Ashland (which starts back up again in March).

If you have any questions for Cameron, you can reach him by email at cameron@myriadmycology.com, and look to his webpage if you wish to find out more information on what he does.

We’ll continue to have more conversations with our entrepreneurial employees in the future, so keep an eye out for great southern Oregon small businesses!

 

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