There is a huge amount of unused land in cities that could be put to better use. We want to transform these spaces into urban farms so our cities become greener, more food secure and to empower people to make sustainable food choices.
Melbourne Skyfarm is Biofilta's newest project and will involve retrofitting a 1900m2 rooftop car park into a urban farm.
After several years of hard work and persistence, Biofilta has finally launched our latest innovation. We have been working tirelessly to perfect the Foodcube, a Melbourne designed and manufactured urban farming system. The Foodcube has the potential to assist communities, housing estates, households and rooftops everywhere to grow fresh food, utilising rooftop rainwater and composted organics, to create resilient, closed loop, food secure neighbourhoods and cities.
There is just so much to get excited about with the Foodcube but the bottom line is that the Foodcube makes food growing SO MUCH EASIER. It has been designed so that you only spend a fraction of the time watering and weeding compared with conventional raised garden bed systems. We were also able to reduce the cost of this product through clever design and by switching our method of manufacturing. The Foodcube is now our cheapest raised garden bed per m2.
We launched the Foodcube at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show on the 27th of March and it was a huge success. We had guests from the property development industry as well as teachers, architects, urban farmers, landscapers to name a few. It was a fantastic night and super inspiring to see so many people with a real interested in re-imaging cities like Melbourne to be more green, sustainable and productive.
We also had an installation for the full five days of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show as part of the Home and Garden of the Future. This was a collaborative exhibit put together by Biofilta and three other companies who are all pushing the boundaries of integrated sustainable living. Biofilta (urban food growing), The Cape (a sustainable property development), TSLC (a sustainable landscaping company) and Ecoliv (a modular prefab housing company) all came together to demonstrate how we can design homes and gardens to be sustainable without the enormous price tag.
Overall the exhibit was a huge success. Since the launch we've had a flood of interest and we are now set to deploy Foodcubes into households and urban farms across Australia and beyond.
Thank you so much to our friends at Ecoliv, The Cape and TSLC for your help throughout the event.
Look out for us at next years Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show!
Biofilta has just returned from our third trip to Tuvalu, located 1,000km north of Fiji to discuss the success of our urban food growing trials and to work with key stakeholders to discuss broader community #urbanag opportunities. Recently, our Foreign Minister visited the site of our trials to see how local food is being grown in small spaces at the University of South Pacific using the Foodwall systems provided through #AustralianAid. These units have been growing food for 9 months now and have not needed any additional water as the rainfall keeps topping up the reservoirs in each tub that lasts for weeks between rain events. Hundreds of families and now benefiting from more available green vegetables being grown using local materials above the salinated ground in our systems. This trip, we also looked at broader urban farming opportunities with our new Foodcube #wickingbed product, made in Australia from recycled food grade plastic. This system has great potential to address the issues of food security caused by climate change and has the ability to accept compost made from local organic sources to help close the nutrient loop and improve nutrition. This program is supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Picture this. It’s a beautiful summer day, it’s 3:30pm on a Friday afternoon and you’ve ditched the desk to pick the first harvest of tomatoes that have sprung up in your office garden. The pizza oven is firing, and you and your colleagues are making pizzas out of the ingredients that you’ve grown only metres away. Doesn’t sound like a bad way to finish the week, does it?
Funafuti, located 1,000km north of Fiji looks fantastic and you would be forgiven to think you could grow whatever you wanted. The reality is growing food at home here is actually harder than it looks.
For the people of Funafuti ( one of the larger islands in Tuvalu ) growing food at home is almost impossible due to sea water rising through the coral scree in high tides, salinating any crop planted in the “ground”. The average elevation is only 1.83m above mean sea level.