Author: Nyasha Mupaso

Mushrooms and Sustainable Farming

As electricity load shedding continues,  and poverty levels continue to rise some opt to use firewood instead of electricity, others simply have no electricity. These are some of the factors that have seen the demand for firewood shooting up in urban areas. When we started doing mushrooms we used firewood to fire our boilers for sterilisation which caused damage to the environment. I learnt how to use the sawdust stove from Epworth residents.  This has led us to stop using firewood and use sawdust from  factories and sawmills.  This decision tackled two challenges: Reduce impact on deforestation and management...

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Mushrooms and Sustainable Farming

Mushroom growing starts from spawn production (spawn is seed when it’s conventional farming) Usually autoclavable plastic are used but we are now using  clear bottles. We wanted a model that produced less waste and cost effective.  Our solution was to use clear non returnable bottles from dumps, bottle stores,  homes and roadsides. The outlook is great as we now on commercialisation stage. Benefits of this model including saving the environment, creating  employment,  a cleaner city, higher profitability as we cut cost,  a more sustainable environmental conscious business income.  The bottles have a longer life than their original use.  The...

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