Help The Together Project teach Cambodians how to grow healthy and organic crops to combat food insecurity.
THE TOGETHER PROJECT (TTP), part of the Cambodian NGO Rural Schools Support Organization (RSSO), was founded in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Together Project distributed over 400 metric tons of food to hungry people during the pandemic. Shortly after, The Together Project started an organic teaching farm.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, 45% of Cambodians live in moderate or severe food insecurity. This means people don’t have access to enough safe and nutritious food to support normal growth and development. The Together Project is working hard to combat food security in Cambodia.Today, The Together Project's teaching farm helps Cambodians develop their own gardens without using toxic chemicals. The Together Project makes its own natural fertilizer as a substitute for synthetic fertilizer and uses netting to replace pesticides. The Together Project also grows crops that are more nutritious than what is typically grown in Cambodia (rice, corn, cassava). The farm consists of a greenhouse, a hydroponic greenhouse, a mushroom house, and a schoolhouse. The Together Project uses the schoolhouse to teach its students and interns. Recently, students from Bayon NGO visited The Together Project and used the schoolhouse to learn about the farm and mushroom cultivation. This program wants to spread its knowledge about safe and healthy farming to as many Cambodians as possible.
Hydroponic Greenhouse – The Together Project has a hydroponic greenhouse (10m x 28m) on its farm. In a hydroponic system, plants are grown in water. Nutrients are put in the water to promote growth. This hydroponic system is netted and pesticides are NOT used. Hydroponic systems condense plants into a smaller space. This is great for people living in urban areas or who don't have extra space. Hydroponic systems also use less water than plants grown in the ground.
Netted Greenhouse – The netted greenhouse (28m x 28m) is mostly used to experiment with different homemade fertilizers and crops. These natural fertilizers replace synthetic fertilizer. The netting surrounding the crops keeps pests away and is an alternative to pesticides.
Mushroom House – The mushroom house (4m x 6m) is used to grow straw mushrooms, an ingredient used extensively in different Asian cuisines that are packed with nutrients. The Together Project's mushroom house can produce up to 100 kilos of mushrooms per month. TTP has helped 2 schools and 8 farmers build their own mushroom houses. TTP plans to build mushroom houses at schools and in rural villages. Mushroom houses produce additional income and food for Cambodians.
Mushroom House at the Farm – This is the farming project that we have been focusing the most on at the Farm, and has had the greatest response from the community. At the Farm we have had interns from RUA who have already begun their own mushroom houses on their property. We have also been teaching high school students in the nearby area who have been using their only day off from school, Sunday, to come and learn from our agronomists.
Mushroom House at Bakong HS - As a result of the extreme interest expressed by students and the faculty of nearby schools, The Together Project has partnered with Bakong HS to build a mushroom house on school property. This is the first step to achieving our goal of bringing mushroom houses to every one of the RSVP schools.