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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’


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