Established in 2008, The Mushroom Initiative (TMI) was initiated by a group of friends who share the love of nature and mushrooms, hoping to use mushrooms as a medium to convey the spirit of harmony, cycling and connections among all beings. In the following year, TMI was formally registered as a non-profit-making organization in Hong Kong and subsequently granted tax exemption under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government Taxation Office from 10 February 2009. (Search here for tax-exempt charities. Please enter “the Mushroom Initiative” for verification).

At the same time, TMI set up an experimental base in Tai Po for organic mushroom cultivation and organic vegetable production. In addition to promoting community-based cultivation of mushroom in early times, TMI has also been actively engaged in works related to climate mitigation in recent years, including communications for healthy soils and forests, demonstrating the importance of interactions between various soil lives, striving to respond to the urgency of climate change proactively. In 2019, TMI joined “4 per 1000” Initiative[1] to commit to the promotion and practice of soil management that raises soil organic carbon.

TMI Milestones

Year Major development
  • Registered as a not-for-profit organization
  • Set up a farm in Tai Po in Hong Kong
  • Certified as an organic farm by Hong Kong Organic Resource Center
  • Conducted researches of fungi cultivation with food wastes from local community
  • Developed the first eco-friendly and organic-certified mushroom products in Hong Kong
  • Started a reforestation project using mycorrhizae in Mau Water Catchment, Kenya
  • Collaborated with university research teams in Kenya for eco-friendly mushroom production for food, nutrition security and environmental protection in Nakuru and Western Kenya
  • Started a 4-year collaboration with Huazhong Agricultural University to research organic mushroom cultivation with food waste
  • Awarded for outstanding management by Hong Kong Organic Resource Center
  • Held the first open day of TMI farm
  • Endorsed as a charitable organization
  • Collaborated with Food Research Center, the Chinese University of Hong Kong to research mushroom cultivation skills and applications
  • Started mycorrhiza reforestation projects in Thailand
  • Started mycorrhiza reforestation projects in in peat swamp forests in Indonesia
  • Started mycorrhiza reforestation projects in Pine Forest in Dalet, Vietnam
  • Launched a 5-year plantation enrichment project with AFCD
  • Launched a 2-year environmental education project, “ECF Finding Hope in Climate Change: Steps to Store Carbon in Soil”
  • Joined “4 per 1000” Initiative as a forum partner
  • Collaborated with Patagonia (HK) for “Road to Regenerative Organic Cotton—Donation Scheme”
  • Launched a 3-year development of a portable, low-cost fluorescence spectrometer as a plant health indicator, sponsored by the HK government’s Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living

  1. “4 per 1000” Initiative official website:https://www.4p1000.org;
    List of partners and members of the Initiative:https://www.4p1000.org/sites/default/files/francais/original_partenaires_membres.pdf