Agricultural Sciences

From mushrooms to millions: Mushroom industry man to share his story

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, on Penn State's Brandywine campus, Penn State grad John Swayne III will explore his family’s long history in the mushroom industry. The story began with his grandfather, John Swayne Sr., who, according to the New York Times, “started the nation’s mushroom business” with the founding of J.B. Swayne and Son Inc. in Kennett Square, Pa., in 1900.

Swayne will share the story of how this family-run venture went from a small local business to a multimillion dollar corporation at 6 p.m. in the Tomezsko Classroom Building, room 103. The free event, open to the public, is part of the campus business department's Leadership Lecture Series. For more information, contact Helene Bludman at 610-892-1254.

Last Updated October 27, 2009