An Edible Earth powered by For The Better Good 🌱
Meet our inspiring game-changing friend Jayden Klinac, founder of For The Better Good, Edible Earth & Co-Founder of Nudes Drinks.
Jayden is on a mission to show that humanity can live in harmony with nature 🌱
Opposed to the thought that the planet would be better without humans, he simply believes that it comes down to how we interact with nature. His personal mission is to design waste out of the system and show that we can live in harmony with nature, and that when we do, it's really fulfilling!
We chatted to Jayden about how we as a community can serve him with his mission + he gives us all the tips for what to plant + harvest .
What is Edible Earth?
Edible Earth is a project by For The Better Good providing people and business with tools and resources to live more regeneratively. Our aim is to inspire a movement towards soil regeneration in New Zealand and turn under-utilised land into ‘Edible Earth’, that is, land used for composting, growing food, sequestering carbon, building soil, storing water, encouraging life and empowering communities.
We believe in safeguarding our planet, starting locally, so that everyone in our community and in the future, lives from an abundance of locally grown, nutritious food, whilst reducing climate change.
We’ve started with our Porirua based organic urban farm, alongside our online platform edibleearth.co.nz, in the farm we grow local, organic food for the community, and online we provide people with practical tips on how to create edible earth at home starting from composting organic waste all the way through to growing food regeneratively.
What is one thing our community do to help you and your mission?
When our community return Better Bottles to our stockists around New Zealand they kick start a process that does very good things for our land and people. Not only are they saving that bottle from ever becoming waste, they’re allowing us to compost it which in turn allows us to divert more food and garden waste from landfill, make more compost, grow more food and ultimately help to reverse climate change through using plants to suck carbon out of the atmosphere.
What veggies can we plant in our gardens this week to grow and eat soon? what type of soil do we need?
Right now we’re reaching the end of our summer months and the following veges can still be planted:
- Greens (lots of greens) like spinach, lettuces, mizuna, kale and our absolute favourite Sorrell
- Spring Onions
- Brassicas (Cauliflower, Broccoli) can be started indoors (i,e in a greenhouse or warm windowsill)
- Herbs! Corriander, mint and rosemary are still good to plant now
- Beetroots could also be started indoors in a greenhouse or windowsill
Our new growers guide is out now on edibleearth.co.nz where you can find bi-monthly growing and harvesting tips.
We call home gardens climate gardens. In the 1940’s during the war, the US had its supply chains compromised. So they started a movement where folk who weren't in the war, would plant a ‘victory’ garden to feed the people. By the end of the war, 40% of the USA’s fruit and veg came from peoples back yards. We are not fighting a war anymore, but our climate is battling. Planting a climate garden does wonders for our individual contribution to our environment, and happens to provide us with super nutritious and delicious food.
For tips on how to plant a climate garden, see here.
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
Composting is cool - if you have a little bit of space, and a sprinkle of curiosity, you can visit our Edible Earth website to find out how to start composting at home. If this isn’t possible, or you simply have no desire to compost, find someone that does and donate your food ‘waste’ to them. When composted, It's not ‘waste’ at all, it's a valuable resource that can save carbon emissions, provides a chemical free way to grow organic food, and literally reverses climate change when used in a regenerative way. You can sign up to join the (Re)generation and get updates on composting, growing food, and how to live more regeneratively at www.edibleearth.co.nz.