Future Projects

TECHNOLOGY

The future of energy storage is green. Our early R&D shows world changing potential for this technology and as the world becomes more aware of the damage current battery technology is causing the case for a plant based battery that can be home composted only becomes more clear.

Harnessing the power of robotics and AI to deploy complex polyculture planting strategies on an industrial scale, automating the entire process based on comprehensive data gathering to design the perfect food growing ecosystem monitored on a daily basis by a modular robotic platform.

Carbon negative food processing via passive solar dehydration. Our initial prototype has almost 40 square meters of drying area in a compact unit capable of being moved by tractor.

A plasma waste converter for Ag waste Incineration. Project Pyrol is an investigation into eliminating a significant proportion of farm waste via an on-site miniaturised plasma pyrolysis generator. 

Shelter belts are a ubiquitous feature in our rural landscapes. Every 2nd or 3rd year they need trimming resulting in a large volume of (currently) waste biomass. Could this waste product be converted into one of agriculture’s most effective soil amendments and could it generate meaningful amounts of electricity in the process?

Modeling the felting techniques of the nomadic tribes of Mongolia and creating an automated felting process at farm scale and involve some of NZ’s most talented designers to create a series of products to take advantage of this amazing natural fibre.

The scientific and medical community are both rediscovering the power of the sauna (known as “poor man’s pharmacy” in finland) and yet in New Zealand the cost of the average sauna puts it out of reach of many. We want to rethink a low cost, modular sauna manufactured with on farm lumber to demonstrate the ease with which almost all farms could construct their own.

ECOLOGY

Create a circular system converting waste into wilderness. Biosecurity, composting, essential oil extraction and native restoration combine in a brilliant example of a circular economy.

Mark Shepherd’s method laid out in his book Restoration Agriculture may be the ultimate land system. It is an economically and ecology sound method of transitioning pasture to forest. How can this be adapted to NZ social and climatic conditions? What application does restoration hold in the future of our whenua?

Do bass, trout, salmon, freshwater shrimp have a place in a rural southland agricultural system? We think yes.

Reforest Southland is a community nursery and reforestation trust, with the aim of bringing native flora and fauna back to the area, and promoting community growth and ecological education. Their focus is on growing, replanting and regenerating areas of native bush, from riparian and marginal planting to larger reserves and parks, for the benefit of the local ecosystem and the enjoyment of the local community.

Researching the significant carbon capture potential of large hugelkulture earthworks. Can we sequester tons of CO2 in sculpted terrain forms whilst creating unique, productive micro climates in otherwise level landscapes?

SOCIOLOGY

the creation of a mobile processing & transport facility for livestock farmers, arable producers and textile producers. Our plan involves the conversion of several stock trucks (ubiquitous in the farming world) to a state of the art processing facility that can move from farm to farm as demand requires.

Do the mahi, get the treats, this cult kiwi idiom comes to life in a collective volunteering social enterprise. Members can post jobs they need a hand with and offer a non monetary reward in return. Members are encouraged to create unique experiences and the internal rating system will promote those willing to go the extra mile to reward the Mahi.

Trails trust providing public access to some of Northern Southland most incredible scenes, many of which are hosted on farms.

What could re-localising our food look like? How about an online farmers market with carbon neutral delivery infrastructure? The South Coast Environment Society in Riverton are working hard to establish a system to re-build community by encouraging supplying and buying locally and we intend to be a significant contributor to this programme.

A rural jam session lounge and fully equipped recording studio. Musicians come to the farm and get into to flow through the innate natural connection of the property and philosophies adopted from the flow Genome Project.

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