About Us

Circular Food is a social enterprise with a strong intent – “To close the loop on organic waste.”

Our model is fresh and innovative and revolves around taking in food waste, and processing that waste through commercial scale vermiculture systems, to produce a range of high quality organic fertilisers. Our target customers are farmers, both urban and traditional rural. Our target markets are horticulture, viticulture, turf farming, hydroponic farmers, flower growers, dairy and beef farmers, roof top and urban gardeners, landscape gardeners and home gardeners. Our products are organic, and are suitable for use by certified organic farmers.

The products we produce include liquid and solid fertilisers.

A major part of our business model is education. We offer two and three-day professional training seminars, as well as a half-day introduction to vermiculture seminar. These training sessions are ideal for anyone from the serious gardener, to the professional farmer.

Circular Food designs, makes, and installs commercial worm farms. We also offer our technology and designs to build and install the equipment yourself.

By utilising the resource that is food waste, and putting those nutrients back into the soil, we can regenerate soils, sequester carbon, and bring security back to our future food production.

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What’s the Issue?

WASTE is at the heart of almost every global environmental issue. Food waste in particular, directly relates to greenhouse gas emissions, global food shortages and soil degradation, just to name a few.

Did you know?

20-40% of food is thrown away into landfills before it reaches the supermarket shelves purely because of cosmetic reasons. (Sustainable Table)

In Australia, households waste approximately 15% of the food they purchase each year. This amounts to an estimated 361 kilograms of food waste per person each year, with an estimated annual value of $5.2 billion.
(Sustainable Business Report 2013)

If food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the U.S. and China. (National Geographic)

Crazy right?

And where does all of this waste go? Most of it ends up in landfills. When organic waste rots in landfill, it produces methane which is a harmful greenhouse gas, more potent than carbon dioxide.

Limiting waste in supermarkets, restaurants and our own homes is undoubtedly the best solution to this problem. But waste will always happen. And luckily, there’s a valuable solution to deal with that too…

Our Intent

Our intent is to help to restore global soil health, in order to sustainably feed our growing population. This means creating a viable chemical fertiliser alternative. Our vehicle to achieve this is vermiculture. Learn more about this process here.

The product that is produced from the systems is extremely high quality bio-fertiliser. By using vermiculture, we are also able to divert food waste from landfill. We turn food waste into Worm Superfood™. This means that our intent has become two-fold; to improve global soil health, whilst closing the loop on organic waste.

We believe that in the future, waste will be one of our greatest resources. We are helping to develop a framework for this future.

Part of our business model involves developing reliable fertiliser plants, which can easily be placed on a farm or in a community, so that waste can be processed into fertiliser in the location where the product is needed.

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Circular Food is now a member of NGIV

Nursery and Garden Industry Victory is the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural sector. NGIV seeks to support a growing, united and sustainable industry providing services and solutions to support the growth of greenlife. The industry trade show is held once a month, which Circular Food regularly attends. Being a part of this group has linked us with many like-minded people and businesses.

www.ngiv.com.au

Our People

Steve Morriss
CEO & Founder

Steve is an entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in the Circular Economy, starting with a small cartridge recycling business he co-founded in North Carlton, Victoria in 1993. In 2000 he founded Close the Loop, an Australian and US eWaste recycling success story. He remains a shareholder and director of that company.

In late 2015 Steve got the urge to launch a new start-up called Circular Food, a social enterprise with a mission of helping professional and urban farmers, and serious gardeners increase plant yield by improving their soil health. We achieve this by turning organic waste into a high quality fertiliser, by harnessing the power of the earthworm through vermiculture.

As a renowned industry innovator, Steve was also a member of the Waste Management & Environment magazines Leaders list of 2014, a finalist in the 2011 ‘”Entrepreneur of the year” awards, a past winner of a Victorian Enterprise Workshop “Award of Excellence”, and winner of the 2006 UN Environment Day awards for innovation.

Steve is also the inventor on 6 global patents related to complex recycling solutions.

David Wyatt
Vermiculture Manager

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David Wyatt has almost 20 years’ experience in the Vermiculture industry, and a focus and passion to improve soil health and perfect organic agricultural results.

Inspired by the diverse agriculture and rich volcanic soils of his hometown in the Tweed Valley, Dave fulfilled his lifelong goal of starting his own business when he founded Earthly Worm Works in 1997. Through extensive research and reading, Dave felt that the worm farming industry offered an opportunity to think outside of the box and investigate new frontiers within agriculture.

Dave co-founded Vermicrobe International in 2002 with his associate Darryl Jones, and together they carried a combined experience of over 30 years in the Vermiculture industry. Vermicrobe International has grown into a successful Vermiculture business, offering commercial scale worm farms, as well as extensive training and support to its customers.

Circular Food is proud and excited to benefit from the values, experience and knowledge of Dave and Vermicrobe International.

 

Chloe Morriss
Marketing & Communications

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Chloe is a passionate greenie and foodie, with experience in customer service, online marketing and editing.

She has a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Strategic Communication from La Trobe University. Her minor at University was International Development, which contributes to her broader passion for global sustainable development.

 
 
 

 Jan Grouios
Administration & Accounts

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After starting her working life at the Australian Taxation Office, Jan then moved into small business. She has successfully managed two family businesses until their sale, one for eight years and the other for 15 years.

Jan has extensive customer service experience and book keeping skills, and brings a keen attention to detail to her administration role.

Jan is married with two daughters and has recently welcomed a new granddaughter and grandson into the family.

 

History

The story so far…

Circular Food was founded in 2015 and officially established in early 2016.
Although we are new players in this industry, we have 20 years’ experience incorporated into our company via the acquisition of Vermicrobe International. Vermicrobe International was formed by two experienced vermiculturalists in 2002, Darryl Jones and David Wyatt. Since Darryl passed away in 2009, Dave has continued to run Vermicrobe from his site in Murwillumbah, NSW. Circular Food acquired Vermicrobe International in early 2016, and David has come on board as a full time employee, in the role of Vermiculture Manager. The experience and knowledge that Dave brings to Circular Food provides a solid foundation for innovation and growth.

With the amalgamation of the two companies, all of Vermicrobe’s operations, including existing worm beds and equipment has been moved down to Melbourne.
 
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