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Mushroom Cultivation

At Home Mushroom Cultivation Boom

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OF MUSHROOMS CAN BE PRODUCED EACH YEAR IN 500 SQ FT OF SPACE

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INCREASE IN SALES OF INTRO GROWING SUPPLIES DURING THE PANDEMIC - NORTHSPORE

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RISE IN MUSRHOOM GROW KIT SALES DURING PANDEMIC - GROWCYCLE

There is an upward trend currently for people to have a side hustle in culinary mushroom growing at home. Whether in the USA or Africa, people are utilizing indoor spaces such as closets, offices, and sheds to grow gourmet culinary mushrooms for money and wellbeing. It’s possible to grow four 12-week cycles of mushrooms (with a few weeks of rest) into one year. In one year, you can grow 12,000 lbs of mushrooms in a space no bigger than a closet. 12k lbs of mushrooms – at $6 a pound – could generate $72,000 in a year for example.

Why Mushrooms in Madagascar?

Clean Water

Scraps can be used for mycofiltration as a cheap natural water treatment technique that uses fungi to filter and clean contaminated water

Locally Sourced

Can be easily grown on agricultural or urban wastes, like coffee grains, cardboard and rice husks

Financial Empowerment

Potential for the fastest return with the lowest financial investment and minimal space needed – Mississippi State University

Environmental Benefits

Sustainable and environmentally-friendly form of agriculture that does not require land. Taxonomy helps to preserve new land and identify new species for food and medicine

Sustainable Food

Sustainable tasty nutrition that doesn’t rely on forests. Also, a high protein meat substitutes and short intervels between harvests

Labour Friendly

Mushrooms can be grown indoors rather than in the field, and you do not need to own land or be physically able to work the land

WORLD Mushroom Cultivation Statistics

  • The global mushroom market is expected to reach $95.2 billion by 2028.
  • In one Pennsylvania county, 61 mushroom farms account for 47% of all U.S. mushroom production. 400 million pounds = worth $365 million
  • Worldwide, 11,898,399 tonnes of mushroom are produced per year. China produces more than 75% of the world’s mushrooms.



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Production Statistics
JAMAICA "My goal is to create a network of over 1,000 women who are trained as artisan growers and operate their own micro-farms with sustainability and topsoil restoration practices in place."

- Terri of the Network of Women for Food Security (NOW) provides education on the medicinal properties of mushrooms, enhancing the marketing and revenue-generating potential of growers.

In Jamaica, the purchasing values are high for various species of mushrooms: JMD $1,200/kg (USD $8/kg) for button mushrooms, $5,500/kg (USD $36) for oyster mushrooms, and as much as $19,000/kg (USD $123) for shiitake mushrooms.

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Production Statistics
INDIA More than 200 women throughout the Kashmir Valley are benefiting from two model “mushroom villages” that a local university set up to reduce unemployment and increase empowerment among women. A minimum of 200 trays/ 500 bags yields 10,000 rupees (USD $220) per month

"Being a home-based unit, women prefer mushroom production. Besides, raw material required for mushroom compost that is important for mushroom production is locally available, like paddy and wheat straw, chicken manure and horse dung." - Nazir Ahmad Munshi, senior scientist in charge of SKUAST-K’s Mushroom Research and Training Centre.

Sustainable agriculture + reduce poverty

What We Will Provide

STERILE LAB + SPAWN GROWING FACILITY IN MADAGASCAR

Source a sterile lab to cultivate the main source of mushroom spawn and substrate production. This will ensure quality control for better mushroom yields for those we work with and ultimately save money.

MUSHROOM CULTIVATION EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

Participants can use this skill to set up a small scale farm at home for own consumption, or they can set up a collaborative farm producing mushrooms in larger scale. We will mostly target women to empower.

MADAGASCAR MUSHROOMS TO BUY

Sell to restaurants, grocery stores, markets, hotels, wholesale, etc. Surplus can be sold to us where we dry the mushrooms and package them to international standards, selling to local and international markets.

SUSTAINABLITY

By selling mushrooms, we can become self sufficient and non-reliant on donors and fund more of our own programs, so to become more sustainable as an organization that creates our own capital.

MUSHROOM SHARING

Give mushroom spawn + grow kits and mushrooms to families and schools who participate in our programs

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