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RIG News – March 2014, online now…

2014 March 18
by anthea

Welcome to the first edition of RIG News for 2014.  

We’ve received many great stories and there’s a lot underway that is shaping the big picture and future of our food sector – particularly in the north.

In this edition, two quite different, long features that each include five or more stories we hope you’ll find interesting and useful. Another bumper edition to kick off a new year – that kicks off with snapshots about funding opportunities and coming events you might not want to miss! 

To read RIG News CLICK HERE or go to the RIG News page to view RIG News – March 2014 and all past editions. 

 Snapshot: some current funding opportunities

  • Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) – Applications for small Land Management Projects 
  • Junior Landcare & Yates – Winter Vegetable growing challenge

Snapshot: Some key coming events for your diary

  • NAIDOC Poster competition & nominations for NAIDOC Awards now open!
  • Food 4 Thought – National Gathering of the ACFCGN, Hobart March 21-23 
  • Resourcing Women of the North, Mt Surprise, QLD, April 29-3
  • Youth Eco Summit – YES! October 13-23. This years action theme, ‘Family, food and farming’.
  • 2014 International Year of Family Farming…

 FEATURE - Enterprising people and rural developments, pg. 2-5

  • Current Inquiries & debates,  the ‘big (food) story’ – includes White Paper on Northern Development, Northern Australia Food Futures Forum, Community Food Grants program and more
  • Five enterprising food projects – Juanita Gower Healing Gardens and Broome’s Kakadu Plum, Kenmore Park, Santa Theresa Orchard, DesertSMART Roadmap, Hope Vale’s Banana Plantation

 FEATURE – Family, food, farming – projects caring for people, planet & place pg. 6-9

  • Grong Grong’s EarthPark
  • IMCH’s Creative ‘wild’ gardens for play
  • Bermagui Public School’s special visitor and bush tucker garden
  • More green space please – the 202020 Vision
  • Youth Eco Summit
  • …and the EduGrow School Garden Awards are on again in 2014

 NETWORK ROUNDUP – Short, know now news p.10, includes

  • ‘Gardens of discontent: health and horticulture in remote Australia’ – important paper now available
  • Farewell and thank you – Rural Health Education Foundation
  • Congratulations Stephanie Alexander
  • Foodswell Friends  - Warm invitation to join our new Membership Program

Below: some of the great people and projects appearing in March RIG News…

Ken Robinson visits Bermagui Primary school and finds a great bush tucker garden underway

Ken Robinson visits Bermagui Primary school and finds a great bush tucker garden underway

'Mum, everyone should have a tyre-bug', inspiration for Grong Grong's EarthPark
‘Mum, everyone should have a tyre-bug’, inspiration for Grong Grong’s EarthPark

YES - The Youth Eco Summit, October, action theme 'Food, Family, Farm'

YES – The Youth Eco Summit, October, action theme ‘Food, Family, Farm’


Film nights. ReGenAg

2014 March 13
by anthea

RegenAG® Community Film Night

Resourcing Women of the North – April 29-30

2014 March 11
by anthea


Join Foodswell Friends – Our NEW membership program!

2014 March 2
by anthea

Would you like to get involved in and help support RIG Network/Foodswell grow good things? 

If so, please join our NEW membership program – receive free gardening gifts, invitations to FoodSwell Tucker Talks and the opportunity to participate in fun events and members only online competitions to receive great prizes and more. 

It’s easy. Download and send us your completed Foodswell Friends form by clicking HERE.  We’ll be in touch to share and grow good things!  Visit the Foodswell Friends page HERE.







Great article by Eva Cox – from The Conversation, Feb 19

2014 February 21
by anthea


See THE CONVERSATION article below


Alice Springs – Intro to Permaculture course – this MARCH

2014 February 18
by anthea

Intro PC Flyer Alice Springs 2014

ACFCGN National Gathering – Food 4 Thought – Hobart

2014 February 17
by anthea
ACFCGN's Nartional Gathering is on this March

ACFCGN’s National Gathering is on this March – get to it if you can!

GiveNow – a secure way to donate to RIG and FoodSwell

2013 December 13
by anthea

Happy New Year! … Help us to grow what we d0. 

RIG Network, EduGrow and FoodSwell now have listings on GiveNow.

All donations, however small, will help grow good things grow and help us expand the outreach and impact of what we do.

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   GiveNow – EduGrow

   GiveNow – RIG Network

   GiveNow – FoodSwell





Out Now! RIG News – December 2013

2013 December 13
by anthea

RIG NEWS – December

As the year wraps up we extend to all RIG News readers, their families and communities best wishes for the festive season. As we plan for 2014 we’re excited to announce that RIG Network now has a new management ‘home’ called FoodSwell.

FoodSwell Limited (ABN 16 163 396 736) is a new social enterprise and a registered charity whose programs include and will expand upon those of the Remote Indigenous Gardens Network. Until now, RIG Network has been a project initiative of Southern Exchange, a Pty Ltd. We hope RIG’s new charitable status will enable us to more effectively raise funds to grow the outreach and impact of what we do.

This edition of RIG News introduces FoodSwell and includes:

  • Horticultural Media Association (HMA), NSW, Christmas Party – generous donation to RIG Network
  • EduGrow School Garden Awards – Announcing the Winners!
  • Feature stories: Enterprising People and Business  - Nuwal Environmental Services, Yirrkala and Renewable Carbon Resources Australia, Charleville.
  • Feature stories: Remote and Regional Gardening Clubs – ‘Club Veg’ Cooktown and the Ngukurr Gardening Club
  • Interesting New Resources – Summer reading…
  • NEW – RIG ‘Classifieds’, Volunteers Wanted and Available.

To read December RIG News CLICK HERE or go to the RIG News page for current and all past editions. 

Thanks everyone for your contributions and feedback during 2013. Wishing you and yours relaxing, happy and safe holidays.


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EduGrow Award Winners announced!

2013 November 25
by anthea

Shepherdson College, Galiwinku, was announced the Grand Prize winner at the EduGrow Awards Ceremony held at Yirrkala School on Monday 18 November. They will receive $2000 for the Grand Prize and a further $500 for winning their category!

 The ceremony was attended by over 100 people, with excited students from Yirrkala and Gapuwiyak schools coming together with teachers and community members to celebrate the achievements of community and homelands schools to grow good food, good learning and good times.

Shepherdson College was the overall winner with an outstanding entry that scored strongly across all criteria. The judges commended them for their innovative use of permacultural techniques, water management and clever integration of the garden and garden based learning across all areas of the curriculum for students of different ages to support strong learning and student engagement.

First Prize winners in each of the Awards four categories were:

  • Raymangirr Homelands School
  • Shepherdson College
  • Lamiwuy Homelands School
  • Gapuwiyak Secondary School

Organisers of the EduGrow Awards warmly acknowledge and thank the staff, students and school community of Yirrkala School for kindly hosting the EduGrow Ceremony at their school.

 The EduGrow Awards are managed by the Remote Indigenous Gardens Network (RIG Network) on behalf of EduGrow sponsors and supporters. 

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Pictured above: Students and staff from Yirrkala School, Yirrkala Homeland Schools and Gapuwiyak Secondary School and other attendees who attended the EduGrow Awards Ceremony on Monday.