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Darwin ICC Regional CDEP Network Workshop Best practice and new opportunities - Local food gardens, food systems and horticulture. Workshop Aims. To link/support CDEP food garden/hort projects

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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
  • ‘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



Augment income

Provide for family

Provide for community

Skills, jobs, interest, pleasure

Cottage Industry

Sole trader

Small business

Social Enterprise

Commercial business

FOOD GARDENS & for thought….

  • Who is the market?
  • Self & family
  • Neighbours & friends
  • Community services
  • - Local food stores
  • Local produce markets
  • Regional & national
  • 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


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.