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Our Story


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Our Story


Purpose

Fargreen is a social enterprise working with a purpose of building 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.

Background

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. 

 
 

HTV1 features Fargreen in its program showcasing enterprises that are making positive impact on various communities in Vietnam. (English subtitle is available) 

 
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Business Model


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. 


 
 

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The Team


The Team


Fargreeners 

 

TRANG TRAN

CEO & Founder

PHUONG CHU

Finance Manager

DUOM LUU

Production Manager

QUYNH NGUYEN

Communication Manager

A dreamer, an entrepreneur, and a foodie, Trang wants to build something that matters with soul and Fargreen is her current biggest something. She believes that we can all go far by going green and mushroom can be the means to get us there.  

A dreamer, an entrepreneur, and a foodie, Trang wants to build something that matters with soul and Fargreen is her current biggest something. She believes that we can all go far by going green and mushroom can be the means to get us there.  

Our HR Manager, Phuong aims to bring Fargreen culture to all corners of Vietnam so that everyone lives and works together honestly, reponsibly, and sustainably. She wants to help farmers to stay with the land, together creating a clean environment. 

Our HR Manager, Phuong aims to bring Fargreen culture to all corners of Vietnam so that everyone lives and works together honestly, reponsibly, and sustainably. She wants to help farmers to stay with the land, together creating a clean environment. 

Our production chief, Duom is responsible to all technical (and non technical) matters in growing our mushrooms using rice straw. Creative and determined, she lives our guiding principles. 

Our production chief, Duom is responsible to all technical (and non technical) matters in growing our mushrooms using rice straw. Creative and determined, she lives our guiding principles. 

Quynh joined Fargreen because sustainable agriculture resonates with her. An aspiring gardener, she also grows mushrooms in her own home. 

Quynh joined Fargreen because sustainable agriculture resonates with her. An aspiring gardener, she also grows mushrooms in her own home. 

 

SIM LUU

Farmer Network Coordinator

MAI TRUONG

Accounting & Admin Assistant

HIEN DANG

Admin Manager

HOA DANG

Market Development Assistant

Sim gets emotional just talking about mushrooms. She loves working with Fargreen, contributing to the cleaner air of the land she was born in.  

Sim gets emotional just talking about mushrooms. She loves working with Fargreen, contributing to the cleaner air of the land she was born in.  

Mai wants to grow with Fargreen in the accountant profession, though she is responsible for a lot more in our Thai Binh office. Mai loves travelling, beaches and sports. 

Mai wants to grow with Fargreen in the accountant profession, though she is responsible for a lot more in our Thai Binh office. Mai loves travelling, beaches and sports. 

Hien makes sure our office run smoothly and look beautifully. She thinks mushrooms are the wonderful result of rebirth. 

Hien makes sure our office run smoothly and look beautifully. She thinks mushrooms are the wonderful result of rebirth. 

Hoa works in sales and marketing, and her aim is to make Fargreen a sustainable and groundbreaking brand. Hoa is the latest addition to the team, but already an irreplaceable member. 

Hoa works in sales and marketing, and her aim is to make Fargreen a sustainable and groundbreaking brand. Hoa is the latest addition to the team, but already an irreplaceable member. 

 
 

LINH VU

Market Development Assistant

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Linh loves to learn about technology and always on the search for innovative solutions. He thinks mushrooms are pretty cool because they are a tasty replacement for meat in providing proteins.  

Linh loves to learn about technology and always on the search for innovative solutions. He thinks mushrooms are pretty cool because they are a tasty replacement for meat in providing proteins.  

Passionate in joining our team? Email us at applyfargreen@gmail.com

Passionate in joining our team? Email us at applyfargreen@gmail.com

 
 
 

board of advisors 

 

DR. ASAD AZIZ

Colorado State University

LEON HIEMSTRA

Hiemstra Electronics

WILLIAM CROSBY

Mycologist, Fungi Ally

DR. JOHN ANNER

CEO, Dream Corps

 

KATHERINE GREGORY

Co-Founder, Cannajane

DAVID HERTZ

Chef, Gastromotiva

JENNIFER WOLFE

Jennifer Wolfe Design

 
 
 
 

THUY NGUYEN

Mushroom Specialist, Vietnam National University of Agriculture 

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NGHIEN NGO

Mushroom Specialist, Vietnam National University of Agriculture 

 
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PrEss Corner


PrEss Corner


AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

  • 2015 TED Fellowship 
  • Grand Prize, 2014 CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge - Collegiate track
  • First Runner-up, 2014 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 
  • 2014 Echoing Green Climate Fellowship
  • Third Frize,  2014 CSU Blue Ocean Enterprise Challenge - Enterprise track
  • Grand Prize, 2014 Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

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Contact us


Contact us


Have a question?

For general enquiries, please fill in the form below

For product related matters, including partnering, email our sales team: sales@far-green.com 

For press request, please contact our communications team at comms@far-green.com

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Visit us

Fargreen welcomes you to visit us. You can meet our farmers and learn more about why we do what we do and how we do it.

Please send your visit enquiries to our communications team  and we’ll schedule a visit for you.

If you have already consumed our mushrooms, we have a special farms tour for you every month. Please specify that on the message you send. 

We’re looking forward to having you here.