Seeing waste as an asset
As a society we need to start taking action about our environment in a more collaborative way. It’s been easy for us to think that our waste is somebody else’s problem for too long, not really understanding what happens to it, the effect it has on our environment or the financial implications. We have to take action and teach people from grass roots about food waste, carbon emissions, renewable energies, recycling and what really happens with the food we throw away.
At Conkers, we want people to see waste as an asset. As a community we create waste and whilst some of it is unavoidable much of it isn’t. How many people realise that it can be used to generate renewable energy, to provide heat and power to their homes, schools and businesses? In time, we believe that technologies will evolve in a way that will allow the processes of anaerobic digesters (more on this later) to be scaled down so that we can manage our own waste which will provide energy directly to our homes, schools and businesses.
How will we do this?
We are a community farm. Somewhere we can connect people and involve everyone. We will run school workshops, in line with the national curriculum, teaching students how the process works by getting involved at a practical level. We want students to take an active role in how we use the energy and bi-products created to run our farm. To grow crops, care for the livestock, and learn how they fit into to the energy cycle.
Through demonstration, we understand that students are more likely to gain a better understanding of how the farm works and we will offer educational workshops that tie into Key stage 1 learning all the way through to university students. A visual, interactive, hands-on approach that will be tailored to offer education programmes for primary, secondary, SEND, college and university students.
The energy cycle
Your waste, our energy!
We want to use the food, paper and cardboard waste produced by local businesses and schools to create biogas and green electricity to run our community farm. We want to involve schools, the local community, businesses and organisations to demonstrate on a small-scale what can be achieved together. Collective activities to help demonstrate a more circular economy of ‘make - use - reuse and recycle’.
As an example, if we are able to partner with a school we would be the first UK school/farm collaboration working in this new energy efficient way. A partnership that will create savings on the schools energy bills (as our surplus can be fed back into the schools supply), reduction on paper and waste collections, reducing their carbon footprint and providing great public relations for the school as they will be a leader, eco-friendly and proactive to a changing environment.
Creating green energy
What is Anaerobic Digestion?
Anaerobic Digestion is recognised by the government as one of the best methods for food waste recycling.
Anaerobic digestion means ‘absence of oxygen’.
Biogas is naturally created in sealed tanks which can be used as a fuel in a combined heat and power unit to generate renewable energy.
For every tonne of food waste recycled by anaerobic digestion as an alternative to landfill, prevents between 0.5 and 1.0 tonne of co2 emissions entering the atmosphere.
As well as producing energy for the farm and hopefully an excess to feed back to the grid or partner organisation, the residual digestate can be used as a biofertiliser for our farm.
Enriching the community
We want to support the entire community by helping to tackle isolation in the elderly, reach out to the unemployed and homeless and provide SEND students with a great place to get involved by creating a community hub enriched by opportunities in training, mentoring and voluntary work. A place that connects people from all backgrounds.
We believe that by encouraging our local community to get involved in the farms initiatives, then people are more likely to take ownership and responsibility and in turn create a great community space that we can all be proud of – like our motto ‘the heart of our farm lies in its people’.
We need advice, volunteers, land, funding and the farms initiatives, then people are more likely to take ownership and responsibility and in turn create a great community space that we can all be proud of – like our motto ‘the heart of our
the farms initiatives, then people are more likely to take ownership and responsibility and in turn create a great community space that we can all be proud of – Email us here if you think you can help
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