We need land to grow.
We are a social enterprise to establish the most productive ways of living on land with plants.
Old Trees create forests and communities of life around the places they live.
"Make oxygen, sequester carbon, fix nitrogen, distill water, accrue solar energy as fuel, create complex sugars and food, create micro-climates, provide a rich habitat for many creatures, change colour with the seasons and self-replicate."
We are mimicking most of the services of Old Trees with the brewery, cafe and forest garden – we fix nitrogen in by composting organic matter for soil, we distill water in the brewery, accrue solar energy as fuel to run our rickshaw, create complex sugars and food... Our drinks change colour with the seasons and by spreading gardens and sharing knowledge with others we aim to self-replicate...
By investing time into planting trees and edible landscapes we can also help: make oxygen, create micro-climates and provide a rich habitat for many creatures...
We have found the most challenging part of imitating an Old Tree is how to sequester carbon as a food and drink producer.. How to use less power, and how to remove it from our atmosphere where there is already a dangerous imbalance? The more we grow the more energy we need...and our power is mainly coming from fossil fuels in civilisation today. Some of the ingredients we use have very high carbon footprints from their production process. We need fridges and machinery that have a high impact, just to be viable food and drink producers. Is it inescapable to contribute to global environmental decline? Is the idea of a regenerative enterprise impossible?
For the challenge of storing carbon, we've been working with an engineer to create a new tool for carbon negative food and drink production – The Terra-preta Trailer.
We have co-designed and built a carbon negative power station to produce bio-char as a bi-product of the heat captured for live brewing and cooking. An educational tool, the intention it to demonstrate far and wide how to build the most fertile organic soils for restoration agriculture.