The City to Farm Composting Project (C2F) has been collecting food scraps from local organisations and using them, via compost swales, to improve soil and grow bananas in Waitoki for more than three years.
Its success has led to the next step, which the C2F team hopes will widen its scope and see what can be done on other soils, in other locations.
So far, more than 150 tonnes of food scraps that would otherwise have gone into landfill have been dug in, feeding the banana crop and vastly improving clay soil that was previously in pasture.
To encourage local rural property owners to get involved, C2F is bringing regenerative agriculture coach Jono Frew to the Coast for a series of workshops.
Jono has become known for his commitment to helping farmers reach “new levels of profitability, resilience, joy and peace of mind” on their farms.
C2F’s Betsy Kettle says as well as transforming their soil, participants will be part of a citizen science project, doing biennial soil testing and sharing the results.
“The project is about buffering agricultural production from the extremes of climate change,” Betsy says.
To find out more, rural property owners are invited to Jono’s free talks at Waitoki and Wainui Halls next month.
He will speak at Waitoki Hall on Saturday, August 6, 1pm-3pm and again on August 7, at Wainui Hall, 1pm-3pm.