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Creation of Community Mushroom Cultivation Center

by Green Care Assocation
Creation of Community Mushroom Cultivation Center
Creation of Community Mushroom Cultivation Center
Creation of Community Mushroom Cultivation Center
Creation of Community Mushroom Cultivation Center
Creation of Community Mushroom Cultivation Center
Creation of Community Mushroom Cultivation Center
Creation of Community Mushroom Cultivation Center
Creation of Community Mushroom Cultivation Center
Creation of Community Mushroom Cultivation Center
Creation of Community Mushroom Cultivation Center

The Green Care's mushroom cultivation centre continue to make strides as a climate-smart activity in a community that is already having visible effects of climate change. We are grateful for all the financial donations through GlobalGiving. Community members are gradually taking more interest in mushroom farming as the activity does not require large expanses of land to operate. A community member in the person of Mr Peeters remarked that '... this mushroom farming is an agricultural practice without blisters ...'. This remark of Mr Peeters alludes to the kind of subsistence agriculture where peasants till the land manually for very little output. He promised to encourage community members to diversify their means of subsistence by engaging in mushroom cultivation. Green Care will be giving pieces of training on mushroom farming in the months ahead. We wish to thank all our donors and promise to improve livelihoods in our community through mushroom farming. We promise to do more in 2020. Thank you!   

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Green Care has continued to sail through stormy waters in mushroom farming as a result of the ongoing socio-political crisis in Anglophone Cameroon. These stormy water arose as a result of the old stock mycelia that has been in our mini-laboratory for over one year. The crisis has made it difficult for us to receive a regular supply of mycelia from our major partner in Bamenda. We are thankful to GlobalGiving and our donors who have not relented efforts to support our cause to improve community livelihoods through a climate-smart activity of mushroom farming. A community member (Mr. Joseph) who visited the Green Care's mushroom farm was impressed with the output. He affirmed that mushroom farming should be encouraged and the youth should take an interest in this indoor agricultural practice. Thanks to our donors, we have been able to buy more mycelia for multiplication in anticipation to boost output. Green Care Association is committed to ensuring climate-smart activities like mushroom farming in the face of climate and environmental changes. Thank you for supporting our cause. 

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'New' maize cobs substrate preparation
'New' maize cobs substrate preparation

Green Care has continued to strive in mushroom production thanks to donations received through GlobalGiving. In recent months, we embarked on the use of maize cobs (agricultural waste) as an experimental substrate for brown mushroom. This ‘new’ substrate has proven reliable and sustainable because it lasts longer and the mushroom output is also high. One of the Green Care volunteers, Ernest, remarked that he has witnessed high yields in the mushroom farms from the maize cobs substrate. This volunteer has made arrangements with some indigenous farmers around the Ndzenshwai neighbourhood in Shisong to supply Green Care with maize waste after threshing the crop. The supply of these agricultural wastes is not free of charge. Green Care pays a token of 200 FCA (40$ cents) for a container of 15 litres. Green Care is committed to carrying out sustainable agricultural practices like mushroom cultivation, which climate smart. We use this medium to than our donor through the GlobalGiving platform, who have enabled us this far to change perceptions and mind sets in our community through an agricultural practice that does not inflict blisters in people’s hands.

Brown mushroom
Brown mushroom
Good mushroom output from maize cobs substrate
Good mushroom output from maize cobs substrate
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Collecting wild mushrooms to culture
Collecting wild mushrooms to culture

Green Care has continued to make strides in mushroom cultivation. In April 2019, the Green Care team went out to the wild in Kov Ndzeen, located Southeast of Kumbo to collect wild edible mushrooms in order to culture them in a bid to increase the number of species in our mushroom farm. This initiative was brought about by one of our friends, Dr. Julius who opted to culture the wild mushrooms in his laboratory. He, Dr. Tandze remarked that 'Green Care has to make a name in mushroom production too by convincing the local community that the same mushrooms in the wild can be grown indoors'. While thanking GlobalGiving for all the donations received over the years, the coordinator of Green Care, Gilbert remarked that 'we will continue to make strides in promoting climate smart activities like mushroom cultivation in our local community'. Dr. Tandze donated test tubes and other supplements for the wild mushroom culture. Our hope is that in the months to come, the product will boost our output. We are grateful for all the GlobalGiving donors who have been assisting us to change lives in our community through mushroom cultivation. A series of trainings on mushroom farming have been programmed in the months ahead. Hopefully, we will be reporting on that subsequently.  

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Mixing substrate before pasteurisation
Mixing substrate before pasteurisation

Three interns had a one month hands on training at Green Care of recent on how to cultivate mushroom. When these youngsters came, they recounted stories of how they used to collect mushrooms from the wild. As a great surprise to them, they were elated to be collecting mushrooms from a house every morning. They continued asking questions on what type of material mushrooms grow on in the house compared to wild mushrooms that grow in the soil and dead wood. As they continued their curiosity, the staff of Green Care prepared materials to be used as substrate to grow mushrooms. That fateful morning, measurements taken and combinations of various materials made. The most interesting part of the process to the interns was the pasteurisation process. One of the interns, Sandrine remarked that ‘this is a pure indigenous technique of sterilising substrate to grow mushroom’. She made this remark because the pasteurisation process was done on a local fire side by heating the substrate in a metal container using fuelwood. The interns appreciated this and promised to come back to Green Care in the future to learn more about mushroom production techniques.

Local pasteurisation process
Local pasteurisation process
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Green Care Assocation

Location: Kumbo, shisong, NorthWest - Cameroon
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Njodzeka Gilbert  Njodzeka
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Njodzeka Gilbert Njodzeka
Kumbo, shisong, NorthWest Cameroon

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