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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Check out what Moree Secondary College students are up to! Great stuff!
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!!!
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
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 2014 We wish everyone happy & safe holidays
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).
If you would like to support Foodswell’s RIG Network, EduGrow & other programs this Christmas, you can make a donation via GiveNow. Donations 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!