TURNING FOOD WASTE INTO A RESOURCE.

TRANSFORMING CITY SPACES INTO THRIVING VEGETABLE GARDENS AND PRODUCTIVE URBAN FARMS.

INVESTING IN SKILLED AND ACCREDITED TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR OUR CITY’S DISADVANTAGED YOUTH.

CREATING LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION OPPORTUNITIES IN A COMPLETE CLOSED LOOP FOOD CYCLE.

CITY HARVEST PRESENTS A UNIQUELY POWERFUL TOOL FOR CHANGE THAT WILL SIMULTANEOUSLY RESHAPE THE PLACES WHERE WE LIVE AND THE WAY WE EAT.

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.

We want to change the way society thinks about food waste and the environment.

About

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.

How does food waste contribute to landfill?

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.

What happens to food waste in landfill?

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 .

Turning food waste into a resource

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.

Our Commitment

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.

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