Tupper Lake, NY

Birch Boys Chaga


Founded in 2016 by Garrett Kopp while a sophomore at Clarkson University. The chaga, reishi, and other mushrooms used in their products are sourced in the Adirondacks and sustainably harvested, ground, and packaged in Tupper Lake. Their current product line includes teas, tinctures, and mushrooms in bulk, which they sell directly through their website, on Amazon, and at their facility in Tupper Lake.  They also have over 100 wholesale accounts, including Nori's in Saranac Lake. 

Initial Contact and Pitch Session

Referral from the Reh Center at Clarkson.


To start an initial loan for $10,000 to help fund the purchase of a tea bag making machine plus significant investment in time and mentoring from Point Positive and additional resources. Birch Boys Chaga has since raised $300,000 in equity financing from Point Positive members, three of whom serve as members of Birch Boys' Board of Directors along with Point Positive Coordinator, Melinda Little.

Job Creation and Benefits

  • Three employees plus a network of chaga harvesters.  

  • Pride in helping young entrepreneurs and using a local sustainable resource to scale a business.

  • Company growth in online sales, new production facility in Tupper Lake with Main Street retail space and purchase orders from a growing list of wholesale accounts. 


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Melinda L. Little, Coordinator
PO Box 1281, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Phone: (518) 354-0202