Our Story

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Mission

Fargreen is a social business born with a mission of using business as a tool to help solve environmental issues related to farming practices and at the same time build sustainable and prosperous farming communities. We’re committed to bring our customers the best products that are good for their health and the health of our Mother Earth.

Background

Fargreen was founded by two local Vietnamese women (Trang Tran and Thuy Dao) who grew up seeing ill effects of this open rice straw burning practice on the environment and the farming community’s health and who were 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 and the local rural community.

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. We set up a network of farmers who collect rice straw from their own paddy field and helps them to produce high quality edible mushrooms in an ecofriendly closed-loop system. After the mushrooms harvested, they will be shipped to Fargreen’s processing and packaging center where they are processed, packaged and then delivered to the hands of the customers under the brand of Fargreen. The leftover after mushroom cultivation will be recycled back to nourish the soil as bio-fertilizer.

As of now, Fargreen has already established its first production lab in Hai Duong, Vietnam which allows the technology to evolve and serves as a training hub for rice farmers who wish to be part of Fargreen’s network. In July 2014, Fargreen kicked off its first farmer training workshop with the participation of 10 rice farmers. These farmers are being trained to go through all stages involved in cultivating mushrooms with Fargreen. The company is expected to launch its first premium mushroom products to the Vietnamese market in 2015.

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Our Products

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Fresh Mushrooms

These are sold in two kinds: Straw mushroom and Oyster mushroom. Oyster mushroom is a common mushroom type that every single customer is familiar with. Straw mushroom is a delicacy as it is normally produced in Southern Vietnam for export.

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Processed Mushrooms

Fargreen will dry and salt approximately half the fresh mushrooms to make them available in the off season when our competitors can’t make mushrooms available in the market. This dried product line will allow customers to have a longer time use of one purchase.

“Climate change is destroying our path to sustainability. Ours is a world of looming challenges and increasingly limited resources. Sustainable development offers the best chance to adjust our course.”

Ban Ki-moon, UN General Secretary

Our Team

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Trang Tran

Chief Executive Officer & Cofounder

Trang is 2014 Echoing Green climate fellow and has got her MBA from the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise program at Colorado State University (CSU), U.S.A. She is very passionate about social entrepreneurship and firmly believes in its prominent role in sustainable development. Trang has spent five years working for both non-profit and for-profit development projects in Asia and Central America. Trang was CSU International Presidential Fellow (2012-2013) and the President of the Net impact student chapter at CSU (2012- 2013)- a student body promoting socially responsible business practices. Trang was a featured young social entrepreneur at Social Capital Markets Conference, in 2013 and also a speaker at Net Impact conference, 2013.

Thuy Dao

Chief Technical Officer & Cofounder

Thuy got her Masters in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the Autonomous University (2011) in Spain. She was born and raised in a rice farming family in Northern Vietnam. Thuy has four years of work experience in leading various rural and environmental research development projects. She is a member of the Vietnam Association for Intellectual Woman on Environmental Protection and Climate Change and the Hanoi lake research club. She got a full scholarship from Asian Development Bank to attend a full course on Environmental Management in October 2013. In July 2014, Thuy represented the woman scientist community in Vietnam to attend the meeting of Asia & Pacific Women in Science and Technology and Youth Woman Scientist in South Korea.

Minh Bui
Supplier Network Coordinator

Hang Vu
Lab Technician

Nhi Pham
Lab Assistant

Board of Advisors

John Anner

CEO, Thrive Networks (former: East Meets West Foundation)

Dr. Asad Aziz
Clinical Professor Management, Colorado State University

Katherine Gregory
Independent Supply Chain Consultant

News and Posts

On Our Blog

  • Kicked off Fargreen’s first farmer training workshop. Let the journey begin…

    Today marked an important milestone of our Fargreen journey: our first farmer training workshop was kicked off. For the founding members of Fargreen, it’s more than…
  • Fargreen’s new found inspiration: Nhi Pham

    It’s been almost fifteen days since the last blog. The days in between have been hot and sweaty for the most part, with the exception of an occasional shower of rains to beat the heat (Thank god!). Our days have been spent meeting prospective customers in Hanoi, getting the site in the Thuc Khang village […]
  • First impressions of Vietnam: Simple, Warm and Beautiful

    Written by Tanmay Telang – Fargreen’s co-founder on his first trip to Vietnam in June 2014 It’s been almost a year that I’ve been a part of the Fargreen team . However, 8th of June 2014 turned out to be the first day of my life in Vietnam. Initially I was feeling a bit nervous […]

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Join Us

Fargreen always welcomes passionate people who share our mission to join our team. Please check in here for our job postings or simply write to us at info@fargreenvn.com if you want to contribute to the development of Fargreen. Thank you!

Visit Us

Fargreen welcomes you to come and check out our farms and meet with our farmers to learn more about why we do what we do and how we do it. Please send your visit inquiries to us at info@fargreenvn.com and we’ll schedule a visit for you.
We’re looking forward to having you here.