We met the chairs of Epaphroditus, who are members. They told their story of how challenging it was to grow the mushrooms without knowing the best practices for a consistent successful harvest. Through donations, ADP granted funds to build a grow house on land purchased by the cooperative and provided proper training and equipment for optimal harvests.
Epaphroditus plans to increase its supply by packaging dried mushrooms, which will extend shelf life and allow for wider distribution. ADP is looking to provide a solar generated dryer, which will significantly reduce drying time and improve consistency. The anticipated increase of profits will be reinvested to raise piglets, which will be fed by the recycled gardens, as well as growing passion fruit, which will be fertilized by the piglets.