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Our Vision

to provide sustainable commercial solutions for the recycling of food waste into powerful organic fertilizer.

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Effective food waste recycling solutions, organic vermicast products and urban farming systems.

Food Waste Recycling

solutions to commercial partners to reduce their environmental impact and report to stakeholders.

Food waste ending up in landfill is one of the largest contributors to the climate change crisis.  Because food waste at landfill rots, rather than decomposes, it produces methane 20 times more harmful than CO2

In South Africa, we are well behind the recycling curve with 98% of our waste ending up in landfill sites, and a staggering 60% of this is food waste!

COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS

Our commercial food waste recycling solutions combine the power of “bokashi” and vermiculture to transform food waste into incredibly valuable vermicompost and organic soil ameliorants.  We have helped many organisations eliminate a waste stream, lowering their environmental impact and in many cases achieved cost savings when compared with their old method of waste removal.

Urban Farms provides industry leading solutions, tailored to your business requirements, and backed up by passionate support and staff training.

HOME SYSTEMS

Recycling your household food waste using a home “bokashi” system from our partners at Earth Probiotic is clean and simple.  Importantly, these systems require no separation and allow you to recycle ALL food waste; cooked & uncooked waste, meat, poultry, fish, onions, citrus and dairy.

Food Waste Audit

complete this simple audit to receive a FREE food waste report

The first step for businesses is to complete our simple food waste audit form.  These questions aim to quantify the food waste generated within your business, and allow for the planning of an appropriate food waste management system.

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Vermiculture

the engine behind our food waste recycling system

Worms are more powerful than the African Elephant and more important to the economy than the cow – Charles Darwin

Our inner city vermiculture operation in Joubert Park, Johannesburg provides a low-carbon solution for recycling commercial food waste into pure, organic vermicast and natural fertiliser products.

Vermiculture is the process of composting organic wastes, using earthworms (red wigglers in our case), into vermicast.  Vermicast, also called worm castings or worm manure, is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by an earthworm.  The earthworms alter the organic material both physically and chemically; producing an end product rich in water-soluble nutrients, incredible disease suppression abilities and 10 x the water holding capacity.  In simple terms vermicast is the ultimate nutrient-laden organic fertiliser and soil conditioner.

BENEFITS


 

 

"Green" Education

teaching primary school learners about sustainable living

We provide primary school students (grade 5 & 6) with an interactive and  fun program about sustainable living, providing practical skills and actions to implement at home.

We focus on three key aspects of sustainable living:

  1. Recycling: glass, plastic & paper.
  2. Food Waste Recycling: using “bokashi” and worms to turn your kitchen waste into organic compost.
  3. Grow your own: practical skills in starting a food garden.

Students will leave the course with:

  1. A workbook with the information covered during the course and exercises to do at home
  2. Seedling tray with 6 seasonal vegetables & herbs that they planted during the course
  3. Community APP registration, including a link to our “7 Tips to Greening your home” information sheet and exclusive product offers

In addition we provide teachers with a guide to extend the lessons learned to the classroom.

Products

for sustainable urban living

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Consulting Services

in organic waste recycling, urban agriculture & hydroponic technology

Our clients benefit from our wealth of consulting experience and benefit from green solutions based on best- and tried and tested design, development and business practices.

Organic Waste Recycling: 

As industry leaders in the food/wet waste recycling industry, our passion is to transform this waste into rich, natural, organic soil ameliorants and fertilisers.  In addition to our turnkey waste recycling solutions, we are able to provide consulting services to minimise the environmental impact and footprint of your business and unlock value from your waste.

Urban Agriculture:

We focus on solutions for urban and peri-urban agriculture, with the aim of bringing food production closer to market.  Our expertise in agricultural innovation, systems design & development, financial modelling, marketing and product development enable cost reduction and time savings for urban farming projects.  The incorporation of mobile technology to improve support to farmers, enable knowledge sharing and providing greater access to markets is set to revolutionise the business urban agriculture.  Our Urban Farmers Cooperative increases efficiencies, provides access to reliable inputs, access to high value markets; ultimately providing smallholder farmers with a sustainable business model.

Hydroponic Technology:

As a leading vertical growing and hydroponics expert, we unlock higher production yields and maximum quality to farmers looking to shift to high-tech farming practices.

the passionate team

behind all that we do at Urban Farms

wayne harpur

wayne harpur

founder and owner

Organic Waste Recycler . Worm Farmer . Agricultural Innovator . Sustainability Expert . Entrepreneur . Local Foodie . Proud South African

sam mnisi

sam mnisi

worm happiness expert

In a normal organisation, Sam would be the HR manager…he takes great care to ensure our worms are happy and working hard

eisenia fetida

eisenia fetida

our workers

Commonly known as Red Wigglers we love to eat food waste, compost, and manure; transforming it into “black gold” (vermicast)

eudrilus eugeniae

eudrilus eugeniae

the heavyweights

Also called African Night Crawlers, we are masters at turning food and organic waste into powerful vermicast.

Being health conscious and a passionate wanna-be chef, the inspiration for growing my own produce stems from my desire to create dishes from produce that I have grown organically and picked as fresh as possible, with zero food miles!  As an Urban Farmer I am driven to plant vegetables that I can’t get in a supermarket, grow heritage tomatoes and have a wide variety of herbs on hand to flavor my cooking.  Closing the household consumption loop is at the heart of the Urban Farms philosophy; from recycling household food waste into micro-nutrient rich compost (using Bokashi), converting a portion of your garden or patio to food production and eating wonderful fresh produce that is good for your body as well as the environment.  I believe that we are all able to make decisions today that reduce our impact on the environment and ensure a sustainable future.   Urban Farms’ passion is to provide you with the tools and support to make this a simple and fun experience in your household.

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  • , Urban Farms @ the Greenhouse Project,
    94 Wolmarans Street (corner Klein St),
    Joubert Park,
    Johannesburg.
  • O +27 72 227 5949
  • d 0866 108 115