Loop Growers

Draper, Queensland, Australia

Alice Star and Phil Garozzo are ‘closed-loop’ farmers operating a 2-acre bio-intensive market garden 30km NW of Brisbane in the Samford Valley. They partner with local venues, including kitchens at city cafes, restaurants, brewers and bars with the aim of closing the loop on food ‘waste.’ Loop Growers have created a weekly collection system of surplus organic materials (‘yields’) in colour-coded buckets from their Brisbane business partners, saving valuable resources from landfill. Their recycling collaboration salvages fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, spent grain from breweries, eggshells, and even wood shavings.

The collected yields feed their worm farms and are converted into biologically diverse compost to grow nutrient-dense crops. Loop Growers sell their freshly harvested produce back to the food business partners in their collaborative. They facilitate a win-win team effort that supports their local communities with nutritious chemical-free food, strengthening community ties, connecting customers to the land and educating consumers on sustainable food production.

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Anne Gibson, The Micro Gardener, is a speaker, author and urban garden community educator on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia. Anne is passionate about inspiring people to improve health and wellbeing, by growing nutrient-dense food gardens in creative containers and small spaces. Anne regularly presents workshops, speaks at sustainable living events, coaches private clients and teaches community education classes about organic gardening and ways to live sustainably. She has authored several eBooks and gardening guides. Anne shares organic gardening tips and tutorials to save time, money and energy on her popular website.