About Australian Mushroom Growers’ Association
AMGA is the peak industry body representing the nation’s commercial Mushrooms growers.
We are a not-for-profit membership based organisation. Our members are Mushrooms growers throughout Australia as well as associated businesses and other industry stakeholders.
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.
The AMGA is run by a Board of nine members, who are elected each year by the membership. There is one director from each state plus three other directors.
The Board takes an industry approach to policy and projects creating a framework of opportunity, but it is the responsibility of individual members to take advantage of the commercial opportunities available.