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Biofilta wicking beds feature on Gardening Australia
Back in June we were lucky enough to have Paul West from Gardening Australia visit our pop-up city farm in Port Melbourne to film a segment for Gardening Australia. It was a great day of filming which ended with Paul cooking up some delicious pizza's in our pizza oven using ingredients from the garden.
The segment talks about our target to grow 150kgs of fresh produce (UN recommended annual diet for one healthy human) out of one parking space and how we were able to smash that target in under 6 months. It features our advanced wicking garden beds and highlights our efforts to divert urban waste streams by collecting coffee chaff from Cirrus Fine Coffee Roastery, composting it and using it in the wicking beds.
Shout out to Ozharvest who are our partners in this project. They come and collect the food growing in our wicking beds, cook it up and provide meals for people across Melbourne.
It was exciting for us as a company to know that the work we are doing is garnering the attention of experts and the broader gardening and horticulture industry. With any luck we'll have more Biofilta projects featured on Gardening Australia into the future!
Check out the segment here:
Biofilta wicking beds to be installed on Melbourne's newest urban farm
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.
Biofilta raises the bar for raised wicking garden beds
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!
Trialling Biofilta wicking garden beds in Tuvalu
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.