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Darwin ICC

Regional CDEP Network Workshop

Best practice and new opportunities - Local food gardens, food systems and horticulture


Workshop aims
Workshop Aims

  • To link/support CDEP food garden/hort projects

  • To enable CDEP people & other key stakeholders to share info, experiences, ideas: to help build better outcomes

  • New conversations, contacts & partnerships

  • Learn about & access useful resources

  • Help identify & address challenges & opportunities

  • Have your say! what practical & strategic actions might we try to carry forward

  • Have a good time…


Approach to the workshop
Approach to the Workshop

DAY 1: What’s underway: CDEP projects, CDEP/Industry

  • Food garden/horticulture project presentations, Q&A’s

  • ‘Past projects, future directions’ industry panel discussion, Q&A’s

  • New tools & strategies to build participation, Q&A’s

    DAY 2: Effective project planning & partnerships

  • Food security – issues and connections, Q&A’s

  • Training issues & options, Q&A’s

  • Effective project planning: strategies, models, funding… Q&A’s

  • Garden to plate, Stories, breakout group discussions

  • Feedback & wrap up

    PLUS - Write it on the Wall ‘Key Topics: Ideas & Suggestions’

    - The ‘Steam Box’


Write it on the wall key topics your ideas suggestions questions
Write it on the Wall – Key Topics: Your ideas, suggestions, questions

  • Your gardens: type, size, what grown, & why?

  • Building better participation & ownership – how?

  • Technical information – gaps, needs, tips?

  • New partnership ideas & opportunities

  • Bread & butter advice for new gardens & gardeners

  • Project & business planning for sustainable outcomes

  • Food stores & other local market ideas

  • Garden to plate – how to promote healthy food

  • Strategic local developments eg. Working Futures

  • CDEP Community D’Ment Officers & Mentors: new roles

  • OTHER topics to add?


EAT LOCAL – HUNT, GATHER & GROW LOCAL …Many ways to access & produce more fresh food & use local knowledge & resources

  • BUT

  • Possible loss of access to lands & traditional food stocks

  • Dietary & cultural changes

  • Impacts on food choices

  • MEANS NEW APPROACHES can help

  • ‘FUSION GARDENS’ – bush foods, fruit and veggies….fishing, chickens? And what else?!!

Not a new idea… bush foods are great foods…


CDEP led ‘market’ garden & nursery training projects & enterprises

Commercial farms - partnerships &/or leases on Aboriginal owned land.

Homeland Gardens – extended family activities

Different types of food gardens & farms all have an important role to play – different roles, objectives, time frames, investment, & criteria for success. CDEP a key player to build skills & participation, to help create pathways to better livelihoods, enterprise & employment

School Gardens – teaching & learning, health & nutrition

Home gardens – in communities & towns

Life Skills & Demonstration Gardens – Community Programs

Landscaping & Landcare - ‘fusion’ plantings, food bearing plants

RIG Network


Local food projects strategic context
Local food projects - strategic context

  • AMSANT Fresh Food Summit outcomes

  • Chronic disease and preventative health programs

  • NT Govt. new Agribusiness Strategy

  • Working Futures, Growth Town’s – Local Imp Plans

  • Indigenous Community Water Facilitator Network

  • COAG Food Security Strategy & food stores reform

  • CW Indigenous Economic D’Ment Strategy, 2010-18

  • RIG Network & NTHA ‘SCOPE’ project


WHY?

PARTICIPANT GOALS

Augment income

Provide for family

Provide for community

Skills, jobs, interest, pleasure

Cottage Industry

Sole trader

Small business

Social Enterprise

Commercial business

FOOD GARDENS & HORTICULTURE...food for thought….

  • Who is the market?

  • Self & family

  • Neighbours & friends

  • Community services

  • - Local food stores

  • Local produce markets

  • Regional & national

  • LOCAL ECONOMIES &THE MARKET

  • Who

  • How

  • Options

WHY? CDEP PROVIDERS: Engagement, Participation, Community Development, Training, Work Experience, Life skills, Jobs, Pathways to new training choices…

  • Current & future markets?

  • What type & structure?

  • What transitional paths possible?

  • Local & regional food systems

  • New market support systems

  • New approaches, timeframes.

  • How will produce be used?

  • Self & family provisioning

  • Share with community

  • Trade/barter

  • Sell informally

  • Sell formally


WHAT IS RIG NETWORK?

RIG Network is an independent project initiative, that involves stakeholders from community, industry, training, research, and government and non-government organisations, to conduct activities in two core program areas:

Network development and information sharing - via the RIG Network website, RIG newsletters, discussion groups, and email communications. 

Strategic research, advocacy and policy development - via targeted research and outreach projects, to better understand and support more sustainable local food production initiatives in remote communities.

Visit: www.remoteindigenousgardens.net



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