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We Grow Our Om

Our founders, Sandra Carter (M.A. MPH, Ph.D.), a health and wellness expert with a PhD in preventative medicine, and Steve Farrar, a mycologist with over 30 years experience growing mushrooms, both have a deep-rooted passion for mushrooms. Om grows 11 species of mushrooms in our Certified 100% Organic, cGMP Carlsbad, California facility.

The Story of Om Mushrooms

Meet our Om-Mazing Founders

Why Om?

Om co-founder, mycologist Steve Farrar (second from right). At age 24, Steve spent 2 years in the Peace Corps in Nepal helping farmers grow vegetables at high altitudes.

The word Om in our brand stands for Organic Mushrooms, as our mushrooms are 100% Certified Organic. There is a deeper meaning to Om, and we acknowledge it has cultural and spiritual significance.

Om is much more than a chant or a symbol. It is a sacred concept, revered for its deep spiritual importance in multiple religions. Om is often recognized as a chant and when said aloud, the Om (Aum) sound vibrates, creating energy and connection.

By choosing Om as our brand name, our intent is for all our products to pay homage to what Om represents—connection, spirituality and the universal possibility for humankind.

We’re driven by a passionate desire to foster that spirit by connecting people with their full potential. It starts with personal well-being.

Most importantly, we are open to the conversation and are interested in your feedback and insights.


From Carlsbad, California to Your Home

Om’s mushrooms are grown in an environmentally controlled, cGMP certified facility in Carlsbad, California. Through years of growing experience, the team has developed the expertise to manage the light, temperature, hydration and air flow for each of the 11 species of mushrooms. The ability to grow the mushrooms in a controlled growing environment helps to optimize the growing cycle and bioactive compounds.

Mushrooms are bio-accumulators, which means they will absorb whatever is in their environment. Om’s pristine growing facility ensures that no toxins, pesticides or heavy metals will compromise the final product. Often, you’ll find traces of these things in mushrooms grown overseas. 

“Om Mushrooms is all about amazing, functional, whole food, organic mushrooms with life changing health benefits.”

Jan Hall - CEO

Jan Hall, | CEO

A seasoned hands-on leader, Jan Hall has more than 35 years of experience in the health & wellness industry. At Om Mushroom, Jan leads our business expansion, brand-building initiatives and spearheads our innovation.


Sandra Carter (M.A. MPH, PH.D), Co-founder & Chief Science Officer

Sandra Carter is a health & wellness expert with a PhD in preventative medicine. She has over 35 years of experience in community health, corporate health, research and hospital administration.


Steve Farrar, | Co-founder & Mycologist

Considered a pioneer in the cultivation of mycelial mushrooms, Steve Farrar has over 40 years of experience in specialty agriculture and organic food production systems. He has also been involved in mycology and mushroom production for over 30 years.