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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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Foodswell Fundraising Appeal – End of Financial Year!

2015 June 29
by anthea

It’s the end of the financial year and donations to Foodswell, RIG Network’s home, are tax deductible…so if you can, please donate to Foodswell to help us grow EduGrow, RIG Network and our new Food, Family, Community programs ….

Donate via EFT or via GiveNow …. details in flyer below

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Moree Sceondary College doing great gardens!

2015 May 25
by anthea

Check out what Moree Secondary College students are up to! Great stuff!

Pics: Big Lunch – Food, Family, Community NSW

2015 May 15
by anthea

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EduGrow story -Let’s support cyclone affected schools and communities

2015 April 30
by anthea

GiveNow to EduGrow 

The Big Lunch – Inverell Times

2015 April 30
by anthea

Great story with many pics and video from the day…

The Big Lunch, Inverell – kicks of Foodswell’s Food, Family, Community program

2015 April 30
by anthea

In the spirit of Harmony Day – let’s recognise, celebrate and grow great things underway!

Foodswell’s first Food, Family, Community event was held in mid April in partnership with BEST Employment at the BEST Food Garden Inverell.

Why? to recognise, celebrate and GROW further great food security and socially inclusive food and placemaking activities that are underway in rural, regional and remote NSW for greater school and social participation …. JOIN us on the journey to connect, celebrate and build upon great local projects such as the BEST Food Garden and EduGrow NSW!

Warm thanks to Costa, our fabulous Foodswell Ambassador who joined the day to make it such a success. Thanks to, to Australia Post Our Neighbourhood Community Grants and to the Inverell Times for fantastic coverage of the event. See link to great story in Inverell Times here – and below – the program for the fun day. Get in touch if you are interested in a fun, food focused event where you live!!!





RIG News – March 2015 out now – new format!

2015 March 25
by anthea

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RIG News – March 2015

RIG Network People:  Gianna Bonis-Profumo

RIG Network People – Interview: Marcelle Coakley

Community Resources & Research: a Tropical Permaculture Guidebook

Garden Stories – NSW: East Armidale Community Garden

Garden Stories – NSW: Grong Grong Earth Park

Garden Stories – NT: Bega Garnbirringu Sustainable Garden Workshop


Job Opp: Horticultural Apprentice – Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

2015 January 28
by anthea

The Sydney Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands are recruiting for a Horticultural Apprentice

Applications close Friday 13 Feb

From the Job Description….

“Horticultural Apprentice (Aboriginal)

Location: Sydney Gardens

Job Grade / Classification: Horticultural Apprentice

Employment Status: Temporary Full-time

Vacancy Ref: OEH 009-15

About us: The Office of Environment and Heritage leads policy and reform in environment regulation, sustainability, biodiversity and native vegetation, coastal protection, and Aboriginal cultural heritage. We manage 6.8 million hectares of national parks and reserves and the Heritage branch within OEH works with communities to identify important places and objects and provides guidance in looking after heritage items.

Area Intro: Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust (RBG&DT) manages and conserves the horticulture of the living collections at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Domain, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Blue Mountain Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.

Duties: The Horticultural Apprentice will assist with and be trained in the hands on horticultural development and maintenance of horticultural collections and displays within controlled environments and in ground. This includes nursery, plant production, pest and disease control, weeding, mowing, edging, record keeping, curation of collections, and the use and maintenance of associated plant and equipment.

The Horticultural Apprentice will undertake and complete formal academic training in the Horticulture, Parks and Gardens Trade Certificate III, , as required for qualification for a Certificate of Competency in terms of the NSW Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act…..”.To access the full Job Description and How to Apply CLICK HERE 

Tropical Permaculture Guidebook – please support!

2015 January 21
by anthea

Lachie McKenzie is a well known top end permaculturist and community gardener, and we are chuffed that he has been an Advisor to RIG Network from our early days.

Lachie is currently working with colleagues from Timor Leste to update and republish (free) the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook. It is a great, trusted resource and promises to be even better with the work that Lachie and colleagues are now investing in it to update, renew and republish it! SO…please contribute to the Crowd Funding appeal for the project!!!….

A little bit of context

The story of the project: The original 400 page Permaculture Guidebook from East Timor has been an outstanding success. First published in 2006 by Permatil and authored by Lachlan McKenzie and Ego Lemos, an updated version was produced in 2008 and three subsequent re-printings of the updated Tetum language versions.

The guidebook provides knowledge, techniques and skills that will reduce the severity of global climate change and provide adaptation and resilience knowledge and skills to those impacted the most by climate change and who are the least able to afford expensive solutions.

RIG News, December – online now

2014 December 15
by anthea

RIG News, December 2014 We wish everyone happy & safe holidays

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 In this edition:

  • FEATURE: News from the EduGrow Awards Ceremony
  • Training & enterprise
  • Community Greening NSW
  • Some Oz highlights from the year of Year of Family Farming
  • Network people
  • Summer reading ideas…

To read RIG News, visit the ‘Resources – RIG News’ page, or click here (high res) or here (low res).

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 If you would like to support Foodswell’s RIG Network, EduGrow & other programs this Christmas, you can make a donation via GiveNowDonations to Foodswell are tax deductible.



‘Termite Santa’ pictured above, courtesy Robyn Wing. He is on the Great Northern Highway between Wyndham & Halls Creek, has solar lights & a visitors book!