Today I finally ticked off one of those things that has been on my 'to do' list for several years... I visited Kimbriki Tip (well, the artist formerly known as Kimbriki Tip, and now known as Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre). While I say that with a little tongue in cheek having worked in the corporate world where tens of thousands can be spent on these things (not saying they were here), it is actually a fair description.
Whilst Kimbriki is an operational tip (more on that in a moment), they have a wonderful Eco House and Garden overseen by the inspirational and very knowledgeable ecologist Peter Rutherford. They have lots of different Eco Living Workshops covering topics such Organic Gardening, Wild Herbs, Worm Farming, Composting, No-Dig Edible Gardening, Propagation and Pruning and Small Space Edible Gardens.
I only had my iPhone with me, but you will hopefully get the general picture of just some of the magic you can see and learn about...
This is worm farming without the expensive worm farm!... food scraps and soil into a PVC tube (with long, narrow holes cut in the side for the worm juice to leach out) simply dug into the ground. Or they also discuss the more traditional options...
And what's that all got to do with Queen B?... well, of course bees pollinate about 1 in every 3 mouthful's of food we consume. Peter also talks about creating gardens that attract insects (including bees and butterflies)... and I'm always interested in ways in which I, and the business, can reduce our footprint. Of course, you can also put our sinamay bags in your worm farm, and you can put our cardboard packaging (which is 100% recycled and elemental chlorine free, printed with soy ink) into your compost!
Randome fascinating fact - Kimbriki currently receives over 220,000 tonnes of waste annually with a whopping 70% (that's 150,000 tonnes) being recycled into products such as compost, mulch and gravels. Of the kerbside recyclables collected, 85% is diverted from landfill and used to manufacture new products. And this from a business operated by four councils (Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah)! The next time I think of council bashing, I may just remind myself that they also do incredible, inspiring things when they pull their minds away from where next they can install parking meters!
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