Spotlight | May Volp, Full Circle Farm

just another local, y’know, saving the planet…

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We’re back with another spotlight interview!

This week, let us introduce you to May Volp, the brains (and hands) behind Full Circle Farm. This Toowoomba native has partnered with a whole laundry list of local cafés – from Ground Up to Bunker to Burrow – to turn their food scraps into compost. She also collects from 30 local households to divert waste that otherwise just ends up in landfill. The crops she grows with the compost are then sold back to the cafés at a discount, as well as made available at local markets. It’s an ingenious system of small businesses working together.

We visited May at her Meringandan farm to learn more about the day of a market gardener, why she loves Toowoomba, and where she goes for the best eggs benny.


 
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Name: May Volp
Occupation: market gardener/compost nerd
Known For: working with your favourite cafés to save the planet!
Born: Toowoomba


First things first: why Toowoomba?

I grew up in Toowoomba. I moved around a little bit after school but something brought me back. As a passionate gardener and now grower, it’s a great area to live and work in. It is The Garden City after all.

What is Full Circle Farms?

Full Circle Farm has two parts to it. Firstly, we work with businesses and households to divert compostable waste from landfill. We have collected roughly 20 tonnes so far that has been composted.

The second part is the farm itself where we use that compost to grow different specialty crops to be sold locally. We supply cafes and restaurants and we also hold market stalls for the general public.

What have you learned about running a business in Toowoomba? What are the unique opportunities, benefits and challenges?

We have a strong community here that supports local businesses and, more specifically, local growers. I think people are more and more looking for food they feel connected to, which is hugely positive for our town.

What does an average day look like for you?

An average day for me consists of these tasks in some kind of order…

  • early morning harvesting and delivery

  • collecting coffee waste, food waste, paper and cardboard from businesses and households

  • some serious composting!

  • farm jobs like making compost teas, weeding, planting etc. (and snacking on veggies as I go!)

What does your ideal Toowoomba weekend look like?

Visiting our beautiful parks. Good wine and food with friends.

Only a Toowoomba local would know…

The best eggs benny in town are at Ground Up.

FAVOURITE WEEKEND SPOT TO:

PERK UP: Queen’s Park
RELAX:
Maidenwell Falls
EAT: Milk & Honey
INDULGE: Zev’s Bistro
SHOP: A’lia Collective
CATCH UP:
Sushi Asakusa
BE INSPIRED:
The rose garden in Newtown park


Learn more about Full Circle Farm here, and consider signing up to save your food waste from landfill.

 

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