Can Urban Farming Get Even Smaller by Going Micro?

Good title, yes?
It really is a great question,,because I truly believe it can be done in Australia and around the globe.
Especially in a ever growing populated world,,,we need to grow local, be sustainable and supply new jobs in this developing industry.

Image:  My first vertical growhouse in Byron Bay Australia

VALUE ADD,,GO HOMESTEAD & STAND OUT

However, it does mean that you would have to value add, to a high end product that you grow. The other option would be sells lots of volume of a product grown on site that many people want.
I believe that if you could create a homestead style recipe from a crop that is grown on site, is the key!
Then sell it yourself at a local market or supply a restaurant with it.

Lately in Australia craft brewed businesses have been rising up everywhere, and they are making the big bucks.
Many of these craft beers started in a backyard too!

Those who have been following me or know me personally know that I actually owned and managed a micro farm before in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia.
It was very successful, but due to some unforeseen circumstances I had to close the farm and move south to the mid north coast.
So, I am very familiar with this style of farming.

CAN I MAKE A COME BACK?

I have made the decision to not hold back and step out in faith, believing that I can do it again,,and even better than before.
It also is one step more towards my dream in the process to buying, building and starting an educational micro farm.

I plan to make my very own organic fertilizer and compost on site and turn this into my very first range of products before I start growing crops.
As it is a micro set up, I will need to turn everything I touch into profit, so I can leverage my extremely small space.

Stay Tuned for more, as the story unfolds,,as there is plenty more to do, say and teach.

Happy gardening/ micro urban farming Australia
Marty Ware

Urban Micro farms Using Free Recycled Coffee Grounds Could be a Game Changer

URBAN MICRO FARMS WORMS AND RECYCLED COFFEE IS IT A GAME CHANGER FOR PLANET EARTH?  This is the question.

Urban farming, which I like to call micro farming I believe is still in its infancy in Australia and around the globe?
I really believe it has such a long way to go.
As a collective community I know we can truly make a change and help others get out of the daily grime of working for the man.
By developing sustainable business models based around growing food in the city and countryside on small blocks of land, even indoors.
Currently I have been collecting as much coffee grounds as I can from a couple of local cafes.


I live in a small country town and man, just from two shops in the middle of winter I am able to collect well over 20 litres a day,,crazy right?
This amount will double, even triple soon as I expand.
If i do this everyday this pile is surely going to grow, grow, grow and grow!
Best part is it’s an awesome source of nitrogen and is very close to neutral,,slightly acid and perfect for composting and compost worms.
Coffee grounds also contains, generous amounts of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper.

CAN COLLECTING LOCAL COFFEE GROUNDS REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

I believe that this free resource will be a game changer for urban micro farmers and gardeners alike.
I know that many have been using it for years in their gardens and even to make bricks as fuel,,geez you can even make biochar with it.

TURN IT INTO VALUABLE COMPOST

Myself, I plan to compost it, feed it to compost worms and make a beautiful blend for my new micro farm.
It’s still early days yet,,but I believe it’s going to be a game changer..
I just need to sort out the carbon ratio of 1 part coffee grounds to 2 parts carbon.

RECYCLE AND REBUILD SOIL STRUCTURE

The concept is to be able to use as much recycled materials as possible,,as I want to be highly sustainable and lessen the impact on the planet.
Maybe you have some ideas about how to use this amazing free resource and how to use it in your garden or farm?
I would really love to hear what you have to say.
You could even sprinkle it on your lawn as a free fertilizer,,,now I got you thinking, right? My lawn is just sand, so I know what I plan to do over the coming months.

Looking forward to hearing what you have to say.
Happy Gardening
Marty Ware