Growing with Garden Organics Project
Maitland Council’s Garden Organics Service is seeking expressions of interest from fruit / vegetable growers or production farmers in the Maitland Council area with 2 or more hectares under commercial cultivation to participate in our ‘Growing with Garden Organics’ project during August, September October 2019.
The successful applicants will receive compost for application on their land (or parts thereof) under cultivation. The compost is produced by Australian Native Landscapes (ANL) from vegetation collected in the garden organics bins.
The Growing with Garden Organics Project is funded by the Garden Organics Service in partnership with ANL and is designed to demonstrate the environmental and social benefits of the service, the quality and, range of uses of composts and other products made from the material collected in the garden organic bins.
The contents of the organics bins are processed for a minimum of 6 months to Australian Standards. This lengthy composting process ensures weed seeds are destroyed and the end products are of the highest quality. Their tailored application has been shown to provide a natural improvement to soil health that promotes increased plant growth, enhances crop yields, retains soil moisture and reduces the need for fertilizer across a range of crop types. This project will provide quantifiable benefits and savings applicable to our local area.
The successful applicants will be required to participate in the development of case studies and will receive ongoing expert technical advice and support to develop tailored solutions to improve soil health over several crop rotations. The case studies will be available for public distribution and promotion.
Applicants may nominate more than one crop type to be considered in the Growing with Garden Organics Project. This will be used as a selection guide to ensure a range of crop types are included in the case studies.
Involvement in the Growing with Garden Organics Project will be extended to a maximum of two applicants. In the event that more than two applications are received that meet the eligibility criteria, the two successful applications will be selected by a draw.
The successful applicants are also required to display garden organic signage at the farm gate, participate in the case study and collection of data and provide crop history.
All eligible applicants that were not invited to participate in the Project, will be offered onsite technical advice and data in relation to the use of organics to improve soil health, increase yield, and reduce operational costs associated with their production model.
Five applicants will be shortlisted for farm site visits on Monday 12th August 2019.
Final selection of two sites will be announced on Friday 16th August 2019
Commencement of the project is scheduled from Monday the 19th August 2019.
How To Apply
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For more information, questions or problems uploading the completed application form please contact the Project Coordinator Leanne Sanderson 0432903731.
In order to be eligible Applicants must:
- Agree to the Growing with Garden Organics -Terms and Conditions
- Be market gardeners and/or commercial producers within the Maitland LGA
- Have two or more hectares under productive cultivation
- Have a minimum of 5 different crops under cultivation
- Have heavy vehicle access to their crops to permit the delivery of compost
- Be able to receive delivery of compost between August to October 2019
- Participate in a case study development
- Be willing to participate across three growing cycles
- Be willing to provide crop history information
- Be willing to provide crop history information as a basis for the case study.
- Complete and submit the application form by 7 August 2019