Homestead mushroom growers realize dreams together

  • Paradise Farms owner Gabriele Marewski, left, and Benjamin Masopeh, who leads the mushroom-growing operation, in the grow room. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Yellow oyster mushrooms growing at Paradise Farms, a certified organic farm in Homestead. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Benjamin Masopeh walks among the rows of oyster mushrooms in the grow room at Paradise Farms in Homestead. Enclosed in heavy plastic sheeting, the grow room is maintained at a 90-percent humidity level. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Paradise Farms chief mushroom grower Benjamin Masopeh walks along a gravel path leading to the grow room and incubation room at the certified organic farm in Homestead. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A two-pound box of white oyster mushrooms grown at Paradise Farms, a certified organic farm in Homestead. The mushrooms (also pink, yellow and blue varieties) are in demand at Miami restaurants and elsewhere. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Benjamin Masopeh checks on the progress of white oyster mushrooms in the grow room at Paradise Farms in Homestead. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • White oyster mushrooms growing at Paradise Farms, a certified organic farm in Homestead. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Pink oyster mushrooms thrive at Paradise Farms. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF