Production at Bemcom during the course of the project:
  • 2007 – 1,200 kilos a week
  • 2009 – 2,700 kilos a week
  • 2011 – 4,200 kilos a week
  • 2014 – 6,000-8,000 kilos a week
  • 2016 – 8,000-9,000 kilos a week

Member farmers: From 160 in 2007 to over 750 in 2016

Mushrooms for Well Being Foundation

Projects - 2011

Doug and Sandra return to Ghana

We raised money through our business and through friends and generous donors and returned to Ghana under the auspices of ACDI/VOCA, a USAID agency. We brought a laptop and projector for training, equipment for the lab, different strains of oyster mushroom and shiitake spawn, and shiitake inoculation equipment. We established a research project testing 9 different species of prolific local wood/trees to identify those that might support shiitake production. That project did not produce mushrooms due to design difficulties, and we are still working with Bemcom’s foresters and growers in other parts of the world who are successfully growing shiitakes on logs in tropical climates.

On this assignment, we did presentations with university students and faculty, International Rotary Club, and high school students. We sponsored and staged the “Chef’s Invitational Mushroom Cooking Seminar” to educate area chefs, restaurant owners, vendors, farmers, and produce managers about oyster mushrooms. Bemcom held a public presentation for area and national ACDI/VOCA representatives, political and financial leaders, farmers, and agricultural students and faculty.

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