Our Story

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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 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 for local and international markets.

Background

Fargreen was originally founded by a Vietnamese native Trang Tran (Fargreen’s current CEO) and her friend 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.

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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

Executive Team

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Trang Tran 

Founder & CEO

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Duom Luu
Network Development &

Innovative Idea Manager

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Phuong Chu
Administrative & Office Fun Manager

Quynh Nguyen

Quynh Nguyen 
Communications & Community Manager

Board of Advisors

 Chu John

John Anner

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

Asad

Dr. Asad Aziz
Clinical Professor Management, Colorado State University

Katherine

Katherine Gregory
Independent Supply Chain Consultant

News and Posts

On Our Blog

  • Open Rice Straw Burning in Red River Delta: Damages and Possible Solutions

    Written by Quynh Nguyen, Fargreen’s Communications & Community Manager  Open rice straw burning in Red River Delta can cost up to $200 millions in environmental damages (according to a recent study), not to mention the risk posing upon the health of a community of millions. Why Do Farmers Burn Rice Straw? In the past, farmers used […]
  • 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

    Written by Tanmay Telang – Fargreen’s co-founder  It’s been almost fifteen days since the last blog post. The days have become hot and sweaty for the most part, with the exception of an occasional shower to beat the heat. Our days have been divided into three main parts. We have been busy meeting prospective customers […]

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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 applyfargreen@gmail.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 fargreenvn@gmail.com and we’ll schedule a visit for you.
We’re looking forward to having you here.