Te Pae Christchurch partnership turns waste into ‘soil food’

Te Pae

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has strengthened its commitment to sustainability, launching a partnership with the local Canterbury Community Garden Association to supply the “soil food” generated by its food dehydrator to the organisation.

“Sustainability is a key tenet of operations across the Centre, and something we committed to very early on in our journey,” said Te Pae Christchurch general manager Ross Steele.

“With operations now well underway, it’s exciting to be able to recognise an initiative that we have been working towards since pre-opening.

“With the Centre now in full swing, it’s fantastic to see weekly pick ups of soil food underway and to hear about the benefits local gardeners are finding as they use the soil food.”

Rachel Vogan, capacity builder at the CCGA, said the partnership between the venue, City Care and The Just Dirt Trust on the project “is huge for our organisation”.

“Currently, the CCGA is actively engaged with 52 community gardens in the region,” she said.

“This type of relationship is what community gardening is all about, sharing knowledge, and turning waste into something nutritious to feed our soils, it’s a win win.

“I love that it’s recycled from a waste product that may have ended up in landfill.”