LOW CARBON GOAL: To create an endless cycle of onsite microgreen cultivation and recycled organic waste–affectionately known as “Kilometer Zero”.
So, how is this possible?
Organic compost is transferred from our own onsite plant, supplying our organic nursery garden with environmentally-friendly and nutrient-rich soil.
12 different species of microgreens, including mustard, Swiss chard, honeydew melon, and more, are hand-grown in Kilometer Zero. In a matter of days, they are cut by hand, transferred to containers and taken directly to Palace Resorts kitchens, ready for our world-class chefs to create gourmet masterpieces.
In 2020, 315 kg (694 lb) of microgreens were delivered for use in Palace Resorts’ kitchens.
Native and ornamental plant species are also cultivated in the area surrounding Kilometer Zero, using the rich soil produced through our vermicomposting process. They are then replanted in the lush gardens of Palace Resorts properties. A variety of aromatic plants are also grown for an upcoming project to produce organic plant infusions.
Residual waste from Kilometer Zero is separated and collected in order to recommence the vermiculture process and initiate this infinite cycle once more.
Environmental and other benefits:
• The use of organic soil prevents the need to request earth from suppliers which is extracted from non-sustainable sources.
• Vermicomposting also seems to accelerate the cultivation process–certain species of microgreens, such as radish and pea, are ready to be harvested in as little as 8 days.
• Organic waste is constantly recycled, reducing the emission of harmful gases normally produced by decay.
• Educational opportunities in the organic plant nursery and orchard have included workshops producing compost and growing plants organically, increasing awareness and knowledge on these topics.