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RIG Network is a national, cross-sectoral networking, research and outreach initiative. We link people, projects and resources to support better practice and undertake projects to help build better local food production initiatives that can deliver social, health and economic benefits to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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Broome Master Treegrowers Course with Kim Courtenay

2014 November 25
by anthea

Register now! for Gubinge enrichment and other bush foods master tree growers course – Dec. 1-5!

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Medibank Community Grants – RIG Network NSW program

2014 November 25
by anthea

Support RIG Network – please VOTE for us, by December 5!

Foodswell has been shortlisted for a Medibank community Grant for our Remote Indigenous Gardens Network NSW program.

Grants will be awarded based on ‘votes’ via the Medibank voting site. So, we’d love you support….. Our proposal is to grow RIG Network news, events and activities in NSW.

TO VOTE please go to the NSW/ACT page on: http://mcfgrantsvoting.com.au/  

Huge thanks to Mark Taylor from CuriousWorks for our YouTube clip!

RIG Network NSW Medibank project YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i0L72KILK0

 

EduGrow Winners & Awards Ceremony

2014 November 25
by anthea

Every EduGrow school a winner – Congratulations! 

The EduGrow School Gardens Awards – Arnhem, Awards ceremony was held at Shepherdson College, Galiwin’ku, on Thursday 13th Nov.

Huge thanks to everyone for participating, to our judges, ALPA VIPS, sponsors and supporters and Shepherdson College school and community for hosting the Awards Ceremony. A fun day, with garden tours, student films and the fabulous Cafe Shep to follow it all! 

Judging was tough this year ….The Judges awarded the Grand Prize to both Gawa Christian School and Shepherdson College!  $2000 each…

Also first in their categories were Nhulunbuy High School and Milyakburra School. All eight participating schools won cash prizes in their categories as well as one or more Special Theme Awards. So exciting to see so much great food, good learning and good times growing at Arnhem schools and in their gardens. Congrats everyone!

More details and highlights to come in December RIG News.  To read more about the Awards Ceremony and the winners click here and to learn more about Shepherdson College’s award winning gardening programme, vista their fantastic school blog at  http://letsobtainayield.wordpress.com/

A happy snap from the Awards day, below.

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EduGrow Awards Update

2014 November 5
by anthea

The EduGrow Awards entries are in and the judging is this Friday!

Congratulations to all schools who have participated – your entries are fantastic.

The winners will be announced at the EduGrow School Garden Awards Ceremony that is being held at Shepherdson College, Galiwin’ku, on Thursday Nov 13, at 1:30pm.

If you’re interested in coming along, let me know!

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2014 September 25
by anthea

 

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Second IKS Forum, UTS, Oct. 2 & 3

2014 September 23
by anthea

Second Indigenous Knowledge Forum Media summary 17 September 2014

 

Venue: Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, Haymarket Campus, Sydney

Dates: Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd October 2014 

Key Theme: Comparative Systems for Recognising and Protecting

Indigenous Knowledge and Culture

 At this Forum the outcomes of the project entitled, Recognising and Protecting Indigenous Knowledge associated with Natural Resource Management, will be delivered in a White Paper format to the Office of Environment and Heritage, New South Wales and be discussed.  This White Paper includes recommended legislation for protecting Indigenous Knowledge of Aboriginal Communities of NSW.

This Forum also brings together key speakers from around the globe representing nations with existing legal frameworks and nations in the midst of developing regimes for the protection of Indigenous knowledge and culture. IKF2 will facilitate dialogue and discussion, and information exchange bringing together government officials, decision makers, scholars, and especially Indigenous and local peoples’ representatives.

Papers to be presented at the Forum cover a range of related topics including:

  • developing local, national and regional frameworks recognising or protecting Indigenous or traditional knowledge and/or culture;
  • stakeholder experiences with existing policy or legal frameworks including Indigenous perspectives, business perspectives, education sector and government perspectives;
  • administration of such systems including establishing a competent authority; development and management of databases from grassroots to national and regional levels; funding arrangements; management of access and benefit sharing arrangements, etc.

Registration: http://www.indigenousknowledgeforum.org/index.php/forums/the-2014-forum.  For further details please contact either:  Dr Ann Cahill Ann.Cahill@uts.edu.au      Or Professor Natalie Stoianoff, IKF Chair and Director, Intellectual Property Program Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney by email on Natalie.Stoianoff@uts.edu.au

RIG News – September, online now!

2014 September 22
by anthea

Busy times and well into spring already,… RIG News – September is now online.

This is our 30th edition of RIG News since RIG Network kicked off in 2009. We’ve enjoyed learning from and sharing news about amazing people, places and projects over the past five years and, as ever, welcome your feedback, news & stories for future editions.

This edition includes:

  • Intro news  - EduGrow and community events, conference news and other updates from the RIGN/Foodswell team
  • Warm welcome to Lenore Dembski, FoodSwell Patron and Emily Gray, Shaun Fowler and Costa Georgiadis, Foodswell Ambassadors

       STORIES: Garden projects and enterprises growing good food, good connections… 

  • The BEST Food Garden, Inverell
  • St Paul’s Garden, Mao Island, Torres Strait
  • Enterprise: King Brown Technology producing premium compost at scale
  • Wicking beds ‘large and small’ in Central Australian settings: at Ulpanyali and at the Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge Garden
  • Research: Bush foods field day and findings from WA

       COMING EVENTS: October

  • Fair Food Week across the country
  • World Food Day – visit UQ Bush Food Garden and tasting with Dale Chapman 
  • IKS Conference at UTS, Sydney
  • Putting Food on the Table: Food Security is Everyone’s Business, Sydney and more…

 To read September RIG News click here.  

(Read past editions –  Useful Resources, RIG News page)

Pictured below – snapshots, stories in pictures: A “Westpac Chick” at the BEST Community Garden, Inverell, Lizzie Pearce constructing a CAT design wicking bed at Ulpanyali and three different types of wicking beds that are part of the new garden created at the Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge. Thanks everyone for sharing stories!

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TCWR wicking bed variety

FreeRange Permaculture Course – November

2014 September 15
by anthea

Georgie Flyer PDC Nov 2014

Hill Top Farm Permaculture Course, Cooktown, October

2014 August 12
by anthea

Hill Top Permaculture flyer

Food Security Conference – Fair Food Week, Sydney

2014 July 30
by anthea

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