Can you grow directly in compost? Exploring two common growing questions

Andrew LucasNews

In the last 12 months we’ve had an increasing number of market gardeners who are looking for alternative inputs to their veggie growing business. Chicken manure has long been the staple but many growers are starting to have issues with soil borne diseases. Interestingly one of our customers started to grow directly in compost above their existing soil in make … Read More

Saving the planet with ‘the stupidest idea ever’

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KeepCup founder Abigail Forsyth

We’re feeling really inspired by ‘the stupidest idea ever’. It’s spawned KeepCup, a global business that’s saving millions of cups from landfill every year. Australians consume on average 9.2 coffees per week, from the simple flat white to the tongue twisting double shot soy mochaccino, so it’s no surprise that millions of disposable coffee cups end up in landfill every … Read More

Plant-based packaging compost trial

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Vegware trial

Who’d have thought that the ABC would be putting GPS trackers on plastic bags and following them to their resting place? If you don’t know what we’re talking about you’ll have to check out the ABC’s new series War on Waste. What was really interesting about the GPS segment is that in some cases the plastic bags that were advertised … Read More

Congrats to Tim Woller of Sage Choice!

Andrew LucasNews

We spotted Tim in the Addy a few weeks back ahead of the Melbourne Butcher Wars which took place over the weekend just gone. Tim went to war with the best of the best in Melbourne and took out 3rd place. Quite an achievement and a great win for Sage Choice as well which already grows some of the best … Read More

2017 Great Southern Field Days Winchelsea

Andrew LucasNews

We setup shop at the 2017 Great Southern Field Days Winchelsea at the magnificent Barwon Park Mansion in March. It’s the second year running and second year we’ve attended to promote the benefits of agricultural compost to the local farming community. What a great day! The event features regional produce, art and agriculture, while celebrating innovation in farming, manufacturing and … Read More

Reground turning coffee waste into fresh food

Andrew LucasNews

Reground is a clever little project that’s been taking Melbourne by storm closing the loop on coffee grounds that were going to waste in landfill. Ninna Larsen, a former barista, became increasingly more frustrated with her contribution to landfill wondering why we throw ground coffee into the general waste bin. After discovering there was no place for this wonderful organic … Read More

If it doesn’t GROW, it doesn’t GO!

Andrew LucasNews

Did you know that any non-organic material that ends up in council green bins has to be picked out by hand? Please help our dedicated picking staff by making sure only plant material goes into your green bin. Spread the word: IF IT DOESN’T GROW IT DOESN’T GO!

Applying accounting principles to sheep farming in Freshwater Creek

Andrew LucasNews

Mark Carroll has wool in the blood. An accountant by trade, he grew up in a family of classers and shearers. He’s been farming for 25 years but only recently decided to return to the fold full-time, running Merino sheep on 600 acres in Freshwater Creek. The curious thing about Mark is that as he scales up he’s clearly mixing … Read More

What we’re reading: Plastic, Plastic, Plastic

Andrew LucasNews

Seeing first-hand where plastic ends up lead us down a bit of a rabbit hole. The impact of plastic waste on our environment and ultimately ourselves is pretty grim, but awareness is picking up and it seems like we are heading towards a ban on the sillier items like single use plastic bags. Geelong Advertiser – Surf Coast Shire seeks … Read More

New awareness campaign around plastic bags

Andrew LucasNews

Great to see Geelong Council increasing the awareness around contamination in green organics and recycling bins! In 2016 we prevented 30,000 tonnes of organic material going to landfill and much of it came from household green bins in Geelong. What we see in that waste has sadly become a bit of a running joke around the office. From dog toys … Read More