About Tanmay Telang
Tanmay is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of a social enterprise called Fargreen, a company based in Hanoi, Vietnam with an office in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fargreen is working with rural farming communities in Northern Vietnam to create a community-based business model that will stop the air pollution caused by the burning of waste rice straw, a by-product of rice farming, and instead uses it as a substrate for producing high quality mushrooms. Tanmay will develop a pilot project that will test the community-based Zero Waste Farming production process by developing a standard procedure for production; develop guidelines in the local language for training the farmers in this production process, as well as train the farmers to produce two types of mushrooms and generate bio fertilizer as a by-product from rice straw waste; provide Fargreen a basis to scale and apply what they learn from this pilot to other villages in Vietnam; and precisely figure out the cost of production and labor involved. Tanmay will also develop a business plan articulating the sourcing, supply chain and marketing strategy to effectively sell the mushrooms, as well as document the implementation of the Zero Waste Farming production process.