In January 2012, CityLab7 launched its collaboration with Olson Kundig Architects and Schuchart/Dow to create an installation called [storefront] Mushroom Farm based on CityLab7's Fertile Grounds pop-up concept.

[storefront] Mushroom Farm invites visitors to consider the far-reaching impacts of one seemingly simple choice --purchasing a cup of coffee-- as a nexus for sustainable awareness, community building, and a model for future urban agriculture practice. Mushroom Farm is not only a hyper-local demonstration project, but also an educational outreach center and community lunchroom space.

The mushroom farm structure, or Mother Ship, is fueled with grounds gathered from three nearby cafes -- Zeitgeist, Caffe Umbria and Starbucks.