Local Living Compost Hubs

For the Love of Bees and New Zealand Box are happy to announce that we have been awarded $50,000 in funding by Eugenie Sage, Associate Minister for the Environment, to develop a local living compost hub at OMG. As the pilot develops, anyone in the neighbourhood can sign up to have their food scraps collected to be turned into nutrient-rich compost- a resource that goes right back to the community not only for growing food at OMG, but creating a space where locals gather and learn.

Government-lead investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund in this community compost hub means we can develop a data collection centre and compost manager training onsite at OMG. We’re training gardeners and urban farmers in regenerative, climate-change-ready practices, which they then take and roll out in their own communities. Local living compost hubs are a key innovation for the future of food security and climate-change-readiness in Aotearoa.

The Waste Minimisation Fund invests in infrastructure, services, and educational activity throughout New Zealand. The fund is enabled through the waste disposal levy.

Lifting our performance in recovering economic value from waste also provides environmental, social and cultural benefits, and reduces the risks of harm from waste. More information about the fund can be found on the Ministry for the Environment website (https://www.mfe.govt.nz/more/funding/waste-minimisation-fund/about-waste-minimisation-fund).

Community compost hubs are essential infrastructure for getting our cities climate change ready. OMG, as a foundation farm of the Urban Farmers Alliance, is going to be a home for teaching how to manage a compost hub in your community. Stay up to date with our workshops on our event calendar, at at urbanfarmersalliance.org.nz.

If you’re a local in OMG’s neighbourhood register your details by emailing hello@giveandgather.co.nz if you would like to take part in the hub’s composting service.