CITY HARVEST PRESENTS A UNIQUELY POWERFUL TOOL FOR CHANGE THAT WILL SIMULTANEOUSLY RESHAPE THE PLACES WHERE WE LIVE AND THE WAY WE EAT.
We want to change the way society thinks about food waste and the environment.
Ongoing sustainable production, distribution and use of food waste is key to Australia’s future sustainability practices.
City Harvest is a practical solution to sustainable food waste practices. With a dedicated team of industry professionals, we are able to put our knowledge to work and help make a difference.
Under the program, restaurants and cafes are encouraged to compost their food waste rather than disposing of it in landfill. After collecting compost from each restaurant, City Harvest then utilises it in a series of vegetable gardens established on inner-city rooftops or public spaces.
These gardens are managed and tended by disadvantaged individuals, who are provided certified horticulture training to help future employment opportunities, and the chance to gain skills that will help them in both the workplace and a wider social context.
The fresh produce from these gardens are supplied back to participating restaurants, creating produce from waste and effectively closing the food cycle.
We’re pretty good at recycling here in Australia, but despite our diligence with putting plastics and paper in the right bin, we’ve still got a long way to go when it comes to food waste.
In fact, every year, we send about 200 million tonnes of food waste to landfill. That means that food waste makes up approximately 60% of our landfill.
And this is impacting our environment in a big way.
Most of us assume that food waste will just decompose and simply dissolve back into the earth. But when food rots, it produces methane – a gas that is 23 times more harmful than CO2 (Carbon Dioxide). Methane is one of the most harmful greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change, as well as being seen as a significant contributor to global warming .
When we send food waste to landfill, we’re missing out on the opportunity to transform the energy contained inside it. And since food waste can easily be turned into a resource through composting, it seems like a no brainer, right?
And that’s exactly what we think at City Harvest.
City Harvest is committed to helping improve the lives of long-term unemployed or disadvantaged youth by investing in skilled and accredited training programs in horticulture.
We’ve partnered with our friends at CERES to help deliver a range of programs including a fully certified Certificate II in Horticulture course, as well as shorter gardening courses that introduce participants to the basics of horticulture, permaculture and organic gardening.
“One day food and materials will be endlessly recyclable and all our restaurants will be creating compost for crops...we don’t need to wait for new technologies or look overseas for solutions. The solutions, such as City Harvest are here. All we need to do is participate.
"At The Savoy Tavern we are proud to be working with City Harvest, not only because of the environmental benefits that their service provides but also for their outstanding efforts in assisting disadvantaged youth."
“I love the City Harvest project, I have always dreamed of using the organic waste from our kitchen to grow vegetables and this is exactly what City Harvest does. We are so excited to be part of the program and support a more sustainable hospitality scene in Melbourne. At Kinfolk cafe we give priority in being conscious in our choices and to bring awareness to our amazing community. I really hope more restaurants and cafes will join this initiative” “I really love the project! It is revolutionary!”