Kigali Farms was happy to host students from Brookstead Christian Academy for a study trip that benefited the school children on both improving their health and their knowledge on mushroom growing. Despite heavy rains outside, the students were able to arrive at the head offices located at Rwandex, Kigali. The training commenced when Sam, who is in charge of trainings and outreach, and Brian, our marketing intern, welcomed the students with a detailed overview on Kigali Farms.
The students were eager to know what mushrooms are and how they are grown. "Kigali Farms is the right place for such questions regarding mushrooms” Sam said to the team. "Mushrooms are living organisms growing on an organic matter undergoing composition.” He continued to explain to them the required parameters for growing mushrooms which include light, cool temperatures and humidity.
Lillian, Brook Academy’s Principle, had earlier on expressed how difficult their journey had been to the offices, while Sam emphasized on how good the climate was for the mushrooms on which human beings depend. This was an interesting discussion because it involved exchange of ideas that boosted learning for the students. Our trainer walked them through the favorable conditions for the growth of oyster mushrooms which are a cool temperature and a moist atmosphere with proper ventilation. All these conditions are met when the mushrooms are grown in a mushroom house that is up to the conditions stated above. The students were able to see what oyster mushroom seeds look like and also know why mushrooms are not directly planted in the ground.
Like any other students, they were busy making notes preparing to ask questions when given the chance. One student jumped in with the first question: "Why are oyster mushrooms not planted directly in the ground like any other plants?”
Since they were in the right place, the answer was directly given stating that in order to avoid damage from the termites and other pests, oyster mushrooms are planted on a raised area specifically built to prevent them from damage. The sharing went on until the students were fully aware of the processes involved in growing mushrooms.
The session proceeded with another question asking about the advantages of eating mushrooms. Mushrooms are one of the best and nutritious foods that can serve as a meat substitute. They contain proteins that prevent malnutrition- a disease among children in Rwanda- and they also contain fiber, which eases digestion. Since oyster mushrooms contain cholesterol, they prevent cancer and heart diseases too by reducing the fats in the body. One of the most amazing advantages of eating oyster mushrooms was the presence of Vitamin B complex that increases body cells hence supporting the extension of human life. The cohort was very happy about their "mushroom enlightenment” since before the visit they had not opened up their mind to those benefits. Interestingly, the trainer summarized with a simple quiz and gave out some calendars that were up for grabs.
Moving forward, the group proceeded to visit one of the farmers growing mushrooms near Rwandex. Students finally saw and planted mushrooms themselves. The principle of the school gave her final remarks by appreciating the whole trip and in her own words said: "We will live to tell and enjoy the advantages of oyster mushrooms for the best of our health.”
Written by Kigali Farms’ Marketing Intern, Brian Mudahigwa. Brian’s passion is to help others attain happiness with anything to the best of his abilities. Because of his love for information technology, he does most of his work with an IT approach. Brian is always pleased and enthusiastic to raise awareness about anything that will improve people’s health and life in general.