Komptech CEA, Greensill Farming, driving better soil outcomes

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Soil is not always what people think about when it comes to improving waste outcomes. For one farmer in the Wide Bay region, it’s vital to everything he does.

Sustainability and the circular economy are central to many agricultural businesses worldwide. Australia is no stranger to this. Greensill Farming is one such organisation that believes in sustainable agriculture practices, prioritising the planet’s health and its people.

Based in the rich red soil of the Bundaberg region, Greensill Farming is a leader in environmental and sustainable farming practices. It’s one of the largest growers of sugarcane and sweet potatoes, and has been diversifying in recent years into peanuts and lucerne.

The family-owned business has built a legacy across three generations and nearly 100 years. It continues to develop, research, and invest in agriculture.

“For generations, Greensill Farming has been deeply rooted in the Australian agricultural industry,” says Peter Greensill, Managing Director. “It started with a humble sugarcane farm in Bundaberg, Queensland, and over time, through dedication, innovation, and a commitment to quality, we have grown into one of the leading agricultural enterprises in the region.”

Greensill Farming strives to be a professional, strategic partner focused on quality and continuity of supply for its clients. It also aims to drive the Bundaberg region’s ongoing economic growth and development.

“Our unique approach lies in our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship,” Peter says. “We prioritise responsible farming practices and embrace cutting-edge technologies to ensure the long-term health of our land and the communities we serve. By combining our agricultural expertise with innovation, we strive to be leaders in sustainable food production.”

CEA and Greensill

Peter Greensill is the Managing Director of Greensill Farming. Image: Greensill Farming

Komptech CEA is a leading technology supplier of machinery and systems for the mechanical and mechanical-biological treatment of solid waste and the treatment of biomass as a renewable energy source. With a product range that includes more than 30 different types of machines, Komptech CEA’s focus is always on innovative technology and solutions that ensure maximum benefit to the end user.

“Komptech CEA has worked with Greensill Farming, specifically when it comes to Green Solutions Wide Bay,” says Peter. “It is a division of the business dedicated to recycling green waste into nutrient-rich compost. The process uses cutting-edge technology supplied by Komptech CEA including a turner, grinder, and screens.”

These Komptech CEA machines support the efficient transformation of green waste into high-value compost, which is then returned to the soil. That contributes to the overall sustainability of Greensill Farming’s agricultural practices.

“Compost improves soil health while also enhancing crop productivity and resilience,” Peter says.

Green Solutions Wide Bay is an open windrow composting facility. It provides Wide Bay residents a free and convenient green waste drop-off and disposal site that turns green waste into compost. The Green Solutions and Greensill Farming team is committed to finding sustainable ways to use and benefit from the region’s natural resources.

“We are proud to play a part in closing the loop of waste management,” Peter says. “As an organisation, we want to ensure a more sustainable future for our farming operations, the local community, and the environment through regenerative agricultural practices.

“By using the facility, Greensill Farming can act to reduce our planet’s carbon footprint, combat pollution, and enrich the soil by giving green waste a new life.”

Improving productivity

At the heart of Greensill Farming’s soil restoration and fertilisation efforts is its innovative green waste composting facility, Green Solutions Wide Bay. This unique and award-winning facility helps Greensill Farming keep the rich, fertile red earth in peak condition.

“Komptech machines have been instrumental in driving the success of Green Solutions Wide Bay,” Peter says. “The advanced equipment enables us to streamline and enhance the composting operations, increasing productivity and efficiency.

“Our Komptech fleet offers greater control over temperature, air circulation, and moisture content, facilitating a quicker and more effective decomposition process. This allows us to produce a superior quality compost product that enriches the soil and promotes healthy crop results on the farm.”

It’s not just about creating better compost. It’s also about improving sustainability outcomes through technology. The Komptech CEA machines have provided a significant impetus to better soil health and carbon levels.

“These machines contribute to developing high-quality compost,” says Peter. “It is a valuable source of organic matter and nutrients for the soil. Incorporating the compost from green waste recycling into our farming practices enhances soil structure, water retention, and nutrient availability. Adding organic matter to the soil through composting also facilitates carbon sequestration, aiding our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.”

The future

Greensill Farming is not resting on its laurels. It plans to further integrate advanced technologies and sustainable practices into its farming operations. New possibilities for precision agriculture and resource efficiency could benefit Greensill Farming and the Bundaberg region.

Peter says that by leveraging the expertise of the Komptech CEA team and their knowledge of equipment and machinery, Greensill Farming is focused on continuing to lead the way in sustainable food production and creating a brighter future for generations to come. 

For more information, visit: www.komptechcea.com.au

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