Tucked away in Pursat province, “Moly’s Mixed-Farming Garden” represents a vibrant community deeply rooted in the diverse agricultural offerings of local farmers.
The garden specialises in local goods, showcasing the bounty of the region’s fruits, vegetables, fish and meat.
Yun Sarin, the community’s founding visionary, embarked on this venture after witnessing the difficulties faced by local farmers.
Struggling to find markets for their carefully grown and harvested produce, Sarin saw an opportunity.
As a well-connected young man, adept in the ways of social media, he used his influence to establish a market for his region’s produce.
“We initially focused on lemons – a product in high demand and scarce supply. We managed to distribute about 200 to 500kg daily,” Sarin explained.
The mixed-farming garden’s offerings have since evolved, featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables, including oranges, rambutan, passion fruit, durian, honey pineapple, avocado and yellow watermelon.
Their client base comprises mostly markets and fruit and vegetable vendors in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk. Various shops and restaurants also support Moly’s Mixed-Farming Garden, appreciating the natural products for their businesses.
“There’s been an uptick in support this year, as compared to the last. The quality and safety of Pursat’s agricultural products have won over the people, who continue to support us,” he said.
Sarin launched this community-centric venture in 2019, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
He started with an initial investment of 700,000 riels ($170), purchasing lemons from local farmers and utilising his connections in Phnom Penh.
Reflecting on the journey, Sarin noted the challenges faced, particularly the competition with imported products in terms of price, supply and the risks of shipping damage. But he remains optimistic about the future.
Sarin plans to extend his product range, invest in more agricultural produce and even open his own store in Phnom Penh.
He expressed his commitment to providing a reliable source of quality, local produce, thus supporting his community and customers alike.