Mushrooms & Gardens

“Our mind is enriched by what we receive, our heart by what we give.” – Victor Hugo

Today we want to thank each one of you so much for what you have given to OnePlate through your donations and purchasing our cookbook “Brunch in Melbourne”. Your kindness and generosity has built this movement impacting the lives of hundreds of children throughout the Philippines, Cambodia, Rwanda, Congo, Uganda and Kenya. Through your support we have been able to fund sustainable food projects to make a significant difference in the lives of these children.

Our latest two projects that we have been working on, a Mushroom farm enterprise and a community vegetable garden, are based in a poor community in Cambodia.

Coronavirus has devastated poor countries, which relied on tourism for much of their population’s livelihoods. The Mushroom social enterprise is the innovation of a Cambodian skilled agriculturist, who we have partnered with to set up a mushroom farm, that allows poor families from slum areas to develop their own micro-enterprises in a time of crisis. Together we have set up a mushroom growing site that will provide families with training and starter mushroom kits to be able to grow their own mushrooms. The mushrooms can be consumed by the family as well as sold for income, as mushrooms are highly sought after in the local area. This project mobilised incredibly quickly and training and yield is well underway for many families who otherwise would be left without food.

The second project is a large community vegetable garden in the same area, which has been built on the success of the mushroom farm. The purpose of the community garden project is to grow produce for the community, but also to train locals on how to have their own food gardens at home. Having food at home means that families actually have food to eat preventing malnutrition and stunting. It will also allow families to start their own businesses of selling food at the market, which can provide an income so they can send their children to school. It increases food supply into the community, bringing more accessibility of food to families.

So thank you dear OnePlate tribe for making these two projects come into existence and flourish through your great support.

With Gratitude,
Thérèse & the OnePlate team

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