Bhimphedi CH Namuna Bari

Mushroom Farming at Bhimphedi

The first precedent of “Namuna Bari” project began on September 2002 with two young students from ESAB (Escola Superior Agricultura Barcelona). Literally “namuna” means model and “bari” orchard. Nowadays, this second part of the project is an agricultural exercise in Balmandir (Bhimphedi) where the main objective is to make the garden a source of benefit for the children’s house.

At the moment, the project continues to aim towards creating innovative agricultural practices, like for example the mushroom farming project which was started in early March.

Mushrooms are very rich in nutrition because they promote the immune system, stimulate brain activity and, due to their high iodine content, revitalize the organism. Here in Nepal they are a resource that is not affordable by everyone and therefore, producing mushrooms in the children’s home will increase the nutritional values of their diet. In addition, if in the future they want to sell the mushroom, it will mean an economic increase.

So, in the Namuna Bari project, we have installed a tunnel house, where with sterilized straw, LD plastic bags and seeds, the mushrooms are harvested. In this case, we are working with oyster mushrooms (Pleurotusostreatus), a mushroom typical of Nepal. We are happy to announce that the first results have already appeared! The young people at the children’s home have already collected their first harvest and they taste great!

This project is possible thanks to the support of the cityhall of Sant Quirze del Vallès and Àteneu del Món.