Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Urban Farm to launch composting initiative

Urban Farm to launch composting initiative

Christchurch, 28 April 2013 - Agropolis Urban Farm is building a new initiative to divert organic waste from central city hospitality businesses and commercial offices into its compost heaps. Inner city composting workshops using innovative biological methods and traditional approaches will help launch a new grassroots initiative to transform inner city organic waste. The work starts by teaching a wider network of people to use simple organic waste management processes in their own kitchens and home gardens who will then be able to apply their knowledge and experience to Agropolis’s inner city waste collection scheme.

Currently Agropolis composts organic waste from Shop Eight, C1 café, Community House and the kitchens of a number of Agropolis participants. As most offices and residents in the inner city are unable to access the Christchurch City Council's green-bin organic collection, Agropolis would like to prevent this organic material entering the city's landfills.

With a wider team of enthusiastic, skilled volunteers on board Agropolis will start collecting fresh organic waste from inner city locations using a donated bike from Gap Filler’s RAD Bikes and a bike trailer loaned by local waste management business Our Daily Waste. The collected waste will then be composted on site by Agropolis and the resulting rich organic medium then used to grow food at the transitional urban farm.

The workshops will be delivered by Neville Burt from Zing Bokashi and Paul and Mike Daly from EMNZ (Effective Microorganisms). The workshop is to be held on site at Agropolis, the corner of High and Tuam Streets, on Saturday 3 May from 10am – 1pm.

The use of EM or effective microorganisms and Bokashi originated in Japan in the 1980s and can be used to enhance soil fertility, plant health and also improve plant yield. These innovative and organic products will take kitchen waste and quickly turn it into a rich compost, generating a food source for your plants and soil. This decreases the need for synthetic fertilisers and also the waste going into our landfills.

ZingBokashi owner Neville Burt says, “we are excited to be involved with this initiative and the important job Agropolis Urban Farm is doing in helping restore plant life to the inner city and generally enhance city life.”

"This is an initiative that could lead to composting schemes for urban farms and community gardens around the city" says Agropolis co-founder Bailey Peryman. "It's closing the loop on organic waste to build fertile soils for producing nutritious food for our communities.”

Agropolis is made possible thanks to the landowners and the Life in Vacant Spaces Trust, and key supporters including inner city residents and volunteers, Soil & Health Canterbury, AECOM, Garden City 2.0 and the previous project lead, the Festival of Transitional Architecture.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. More>>

 
 

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news