We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
— Native American Proverb

The Idea

Fargreen was founded by a Vietnamese native Trang Tran, also Fargreen’s current CEO. Trang grew up seeing ill effects of this open rice straw burning practice on the environment and the farming community’s health. 

Inspired to use business as a tool to eliminate the practice of rice straw burning in a way that is sustainable and beneficial to the environment as well as the local rural community, Trang started Fargreen, first as a project for her MBA at Colorado State University. Fargreen now has the headquarters in Hanoi, Vietnam and farms across Northern Vietnam.


Fargreen is a social enterprise working to build prosperous and sustainable farming communities in rural Vietnam and around the world where no such environmental damaging practices like open burning of straw exist, and no farmer is left behind in poverty for choosing to stay with their land.

Fargreen creates a network of Vietnamese farmers to produce high quality, environmentally friendly and socially responsible edible mushrooms and other agriculture products for local and international markets.

Business Model

Fargreen is inspired by the cradle-to-cradle approach to build a closed loop business model in which no net waste is added in the whole production process. Fargreen sets up a network of farmers who collect rice straw from their own paddy fields and,together with them, Fargreen produces high quality edible mushrooms in an ecofriendly closed-loop system. After the mushrooms are harvested, they will be shipped to Fargreen’s processing and packaging center where they are processed, packaged and delivered to the hands of the customers under the brand of Fargreen. The leftover after mushroom cultivation is recycled back to nourish the soil as bio-fertilizer for rice and vegetable crops, closing the production loop.