What is Smart Production?
Fargreen designs a smart production model in which the most critical components that determine mushroom yield and quality, (like treating straw substrate, inoculating spores, incubating the fungal network etc.) take place at Fargreen's production center. Mushrooms are grown in reusable & hygienic kits, which will then be transported to a growing room set up on the farmer families' properties.
There, the farmers will take care of the fruiting phase of the mushrooms by watering and picking the mushrooms when ready, and then shipping them to Fargreen's processing & packaging center. Here, their work in the supply chain is complete, and the leftover after mushroom cultivation will be recycled back into the earth - nourishing the soil as bio-fertilizer for rice and vegetable crops, thus closing the production loop.
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
— native american proverb
our Green promises for sustainable development
1. Air Quality & Climate
No More Burning
Rather than burning the rice straw left after harvesting, we collaborate with farmers to collect the post-harvest rice straw to be used for cultivating mushrooms, thus ending a damaging cycle and protecting the community health and environment.
2. Naturally Grown
Our mushrooms are grown 100% on rice straw substrate, pasteurized naturally with lime water, nurtured with mineral water and grown without the use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals. We apply the same principles for growing our rice and vegetables naturally and not using any chemicals in the process.
3. Soil Health
Soil is the living and life-giving natural resource. Thus, at Fargreen, we go a long way in taking care of the soil to enhance the local environment where we operate. In addition to our naturally grown principle of not introducing chemical fertilizer to the soil, we replenish it with our spent mushroom substrate - our homegrown bio-fertilizer collected after mushroom cultivation. This will in turn help nourish our rice and vegetable crops.
4. Waste Management
Recyclable Growing Kits
Each bucket is filled with the rice straw that we carefully prepare and inoculate with high-quality spores. When the mycelium mature and are almost ready to fruit, we move these buckets to the farmer's growing houses so they can tend to and harvest the mushrooms. After each harvest, these buckets are cleaned to be reused in the next crops. No plastic waste!
5. Infrastructure Integration
No Space Wasted
One of the major goals of our work is to help farmers stay with their land. We integrate their rice paddy, their garden and also the empty spaces within their homes into our model. Maximizing the use of the infrastructure in place also keeps the agricultural land intact for its original farming purposes.
6. Energy Conservation
Our mushrooms are dried by our custom built solar dehydrator. The machine slowly dries using indirect heat set at optimum temperatures depending on the mushroom type, so that they keep their rich flavors and nutrients. Furthermore, during the drying process, mushrooms stay in a well-ventilated box away from insects or other types of contaminants.
7. Farmer Livelihood & Advancement
Fargreen integrates into a farming system that’s already in place. This allows us to elevate the system while utilizing it by bringing new techniques and training to farmers to increase their capacity. When we engage with the community we can build the solution together for long term benefits!