Budding green thumbs till red soil to stop the rot

Story by PAIGE TAYLOR, INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT, The Australian

Link to article in The Australian.

Children in the West Australian outback town of Leonora are about to make radical change to the way their town gets its food.

The desert centre 830km northeast of Perth will grow its own produce – part of a quiet national movement to change Australia’s response to the dearth of fresh, healthy and affordable food in remote communities.

It is a program run by Food Ladder, a not-for-profit which has previously put in place agritech systems in some of the harshest environments in the world, including in Bhutan and India.

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Using bush medicine for ‘true healing’ of mental health

Banatjarl Strongbala Wimun Grup are offering traditional healing via bush medicine to struggling young Indigenous people. Photo: Tom Robinson, Katherine Times.

Banatjarl Strongbala Wimun Grup have launched a garden of traditional Jawoyn bush foods and medicines to offer “true healing” to young Indigenous people struggling with their mental health.

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Food Ladder responds to Inquiry into food pricing and food security in remote indigenous communities

On 30 June 2020 Food Ladder provided a detailed response and recommendations to the Federal Government Inquiry into food prices and food security in remote Indigenous communities.

The Food Ladder solution focuses on local, sustainable production of nutritious food. Please refer to this link for the full submission.

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