3000 Acres in Melbourne, Australia
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What is 3000 acres doing?
3000acres is a not-for-profit organisation to help more people, grow more food, in more places. Their projects are enormously diverse: they can often be found conducting a co-design process for a new community garden or constructing a community composting hub and worm farm within the city of Melbourne.
What are the benefits of growing your own food?
The benefits are numerous,
- • Harvest of healthy food that is not contaminated by pesticides
- • Improvements to your physical and mental health
- • Increased knowledge about growing food
- • Community resilience and food security
- • Great community if you garden together with other people
- • Decreased food mileage and wrapping
But what about bees and other pollinators?
They benefit too!
They need diverse and pesticide free gardens within cities. That’s where they find their food (pollen & nectar)
And do humans also benefit from pollinators?
Many plants rely on pollination to grow crops such as several fruits, vegetables, berries and nuts. So the bees help us grow delicious things and improve our diet.
For more information on pollination, read this article.
Okay, bees and humans benefit from gardens but….
What about compost hubs and worm farms?
There is an enormous benefit!
Compost and worm juice and castings are natural fertilisers for plants that are not harmful for people and pollinators!
Short and sweet: This is the connection between worms, bees and humans:
Worms benefit from the food scraps that you put into your compost bin or worm farm. They need them as their food and help to produce healthy compost soil and fertilizer for your plants.
Bees benefit from plants grown in healthy soil which is fertilised by worms and compost.
Humans benefit from bees who pollinate their plants to produce crops and from the fresh and healthy produce grown in community gardens or backyards. And not to forget the vital oxygen that plants produce from carbon dioxide and water.