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Bidyadanga Market Garden

2009 November 15
by rachel

Bidyadanga currently has a medium scale market garden, established around 2003, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the local community. The garden is managed by a local Indigenous community elder, who supervises the garden and other garden workers.

BidyadangaTo purchase the fresh produce, Bidyadanga residents make an advance payment and then pick their vegies fresh from the garden.

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The market garden includes one acre of vegetables and fruit, a large seed propagation nursery, and an additional one and a half hectares of Gubinge (Terminalia ferdinandiana) plantations. Gubinge is a native bush tucker tree which produces a fruit very high in vitamin C. Bidyadanga garden is maintained by six to eight local Indigenous participants in a CDEP Horticulture training program and an Indigenous manager. Broome TAFE lecturer Kym Courtenay also manages a horticulture program for minimum security prisoners who visit Bidyadanga garden regularly (Courtenay Interview, 2008).

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