One farm is replacing 60 per cent of Christmas Island's imported product, as regenerative agriculture is often touted as a possible solution to resolve future food security. The farm will aim to produce 3 tons of fresh produce per week by 2022
On the island, more than 90 per cent of fresh produce is imported, while high freight prices drive a single lettuce to cost up to $20. But those figures are improving with every harvest at Hidden Garden Sustainable Farm, the only commercial-scale agricultural operation within 2,600 km northwest of the mainland. Through a combination of permaculture and regenerative techniques, it was rehabilitated into a sustainable, productive food system.
Mixed orchards, poultry systems, and high-intensity greenhouse production will aim to feed a population of about 2,000 people and with more than 30 different crops successfully in the ground, owner Mark Bennett said the future looked promising.
"Our goal is to reduce as much of the imported food coming to Christmas Island with what we can grow in the tropics here," he told abc.net.au. "We hope to replace 60 per cent of the imported product. The project is not only about trying to overcome the food security issue, but it is also about trying to inspire the community to look into the future and see where we can diversify our economy."