The Nutrients Recovery Project (TNRP) produces usable compost via Terra Preta вЂ” black soil fertilized by fermented, human waste. The main goals of the project are to focus on learning about the meaning of health, self-reliance, the rhythms of daily life, and the meaning of community. Other benefits include the satisfaction of producing something often ignored or taken for granted.
On the individual level, making Terra Preta is not only about self-determination. By claiming responsibility for what enters our bodies вЂ” in the form of wholesome, sensibly produced food вЂ” we can be in charge of our bodily output by reconsidering its place and meaning in our biosphere.
On the larger level, TNRP is driven by the realization that action and participation in the public realm doesn't suffice anymore to address the burning environmental issues of our world today. We have to change the way we live, too. In a city like Canberra вЂ” with the largest waste output per capita in Australia and a green waste recycling relegated to the individual, the fate of the planet depends on our daily engagement with nature like never before.
Aside from raising consequential questions, TNRP is mainly about exploring unexpected connections. Charcoal , the defining ingredient of ancient Terra Preta Amazonian soils, connects to the element of fire and its importance in aboriginal tradition. Fermentation , or 'controlled rotting', integrates humans into a wondrous 'digestive macrocosmos' and lets us pass on the vitality from one kingdom of life to another. Finally, Ancient knowledge is reconsidered and made relevant again, through a campus-wide, collaborative effort spanning art, consciousness and science.
ANUgreen Sustainability Office
Outreach and Education
Sustainability Learning Community,
ANU Organic Garden
The Dirty Beanstalk
Gardening and Greening Crew
Gardens & Grounds (Soil Yard),
Australian National University
- Canberra Environmental Centre
Australian Centre on China in the World
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
Fellow Urban Farmers:
Aspiring Soil Maker
As an artist dedicated to food and collaboration, Markuz creates participatory projects that bring environmental issues into a tangible experience. These include вЂњGrowing Radishes With 30 FamiliesвЂќ (Kyoto, 2009), and running a вЂњNo-Menu-RestaurantвЂќ (Seoul, 2010). He is currently the digital research manager at ANU's Australian Centre on China in the World.
Research Ecologist and Lecturer
Scientific Advisor to TNRP
Dr. David Freudenberger is a research ecologist and lecturer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University. His research expertise includes herbivore digestive physiology and nutrition. Between himself and his agronomist father, they have over 70 years of experience in compost processes and organic fertilisers.
Magic Transformers of Organic Matter
Project Associates of TNRP
Microorganisms are microscopic, living, single-celled organisms such as bacteria. Ubiquitous throughout the world, microorganisms play a vital role in supporting and maintaining nature and life. Although some bacteria are harmful, the vast majority are not harmful and are in fact beneficial. Without bacteria, life would not be possible.