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The Remote Indigenous Gardens Network – RIG Network

RIG Network is a networking, advocacy and capacity building initiative that was established in 2009. We aim to foster sustainable food production activities in and by remote communities and to support people who want to grow food for enterprise, livelihoods and wellbeing.

The RIG ‘network is a broad community of interested people drawn from across Australia, many of whom live and work in remote and rural Australia. RIG Network is a core program of FoodSwell Limited (ACN 163 396 736) – a registered DGR health promotion charity established in 2013.

Foodswell works to create change toward food security and food sovereignty for all Australians. For information about our Board, Patron, Ambassadors and governance see

Click here for Foodswell’s 2015 Year in Review

RIG Network pursues its objectives through two core programs:

  • 1. Network communications and information sharing
  • 2. Strategic research, advocacy, and partnership projects

Local food production – bush foods and plants, fruit and veg – can help address food insecurity and the high levels of diet related chronic disease experienced by many people in remote communities. Local food projects and enterprises are part of the mix to  build community resilience,  independence and create pathways to better health, wealth and wellbeing.

To join the informal ‘network’ or get involved in RIGN programs you can:

  • Subscribe for RIG News and Updates: sign up via the RIGN homepage
  • Become a Partner or Sponsor: of Foodswell programs – eg. RIG News, RIGN Events, the EduGrow program
  • Consultancy work: contact us at foodswell01(at)
  • Join RIGN on Facebook – Remote Indigenous Gardens Network
  • Make a donation to Foodswell via GiveNow –  Donations to Foodswell are tax deductible.




GiveNow – FoodSwell


RIG Network’s Advisory Group members 2010-2014

Many RIG Network projects and activities were developed with input from diverse people  including valued RIG Network Advisory Group members – an informal group of professional, experienced Indigenous and non-indigenous people, mostly from central and top end Australia, with expertise from industry, health promotion, vocational education, community development and research organisations.

We warmly acknowledge and thank:- 

  • AMSANT – Aboriginal Medican Services Alliance Northern Territory
  • In-Scape-Out Living Systems, NT
  • Scott McDonald, Horticulture Aquaculture Group, Charles Darwin University
  • Lachlan McKenzie, Permaculturist, Grow Your Own, & Ex Permatil, East Timor
  • Nursery & Garden Industry Northern Territory
  • Simon Smith, The Plantsmith, Northern Territory
  • Power and Water Corporation, NT
  • Scott Pullyblank, Curator Botany, Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Peta Christensen, Cultivating Community, Melbourne
  • Alice Beilby, Savanna Solutions Pty Ltd, Katherine
  • Emily Raso, Health Promotion and Community Development Professional, Darwin
  • Kim Courtenay, Lecturer in Horticulture, Kimberley TAFE, WA
  • Tim West, former, NT Regional Landcare Facilitator and NTHA Executive
  • Michelle Pipino, Darwin
  • Desleigh Dunnett, Horticulturist and Community Development Consultant, NT
  • Kelvin Costello, Darwin Regional Indigenous Advancement & CDEP Inc, Darwin
  • Rachel Green, PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales
  • Jasmin Herro, Director, iSustainable Indigenous Corporation, Sydney
  • Jimmy Little Foundation
  • Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation – CDEP, Fitzroy Crossing

RIG Network

Supporting local food production in remote communities for better health, wealth and wellbeing since 2009.  Why? 

For food security, more affordable & accessible fresh, healthy food – growing better health & nutrition – sustainable livelihoods, sustainable resource use, lower food miles – ‘fusion’ gardens, bush foods, fruit & veg & other food production – enterprise development & employment  -  life skills & skills for employment – caring for culture & country, capacity building & cultural respect.

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  1. April 7, 2010

    Hi Freinds
    Iwould like to introduce Edge5 perhaps there is an oppurtuniy to partner with you in the fantastic projects you are undertaking.

    Edge 5 was founded by Greg Knibbs who has 25years expertise in environmental horticulture working in the mining industry. Greg has a passion for Permaculture environmental design and community development. We are a Western Australian based company working locally and with a focus on Africa and South East Asia

    Edge 5 aims are to deliver unique comprehensive training programmes to build on individual and community assets and local knowledge to train, educate and mentor community members to increase the capacity to build social and economic capital with a main focus on local sustainable food systems and forestry. To enable stakeholders to design and implement well designed functional productive agriculture and home gardens in there community.

    Creating sustainable systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs today and in the future reducing poverty and increasing human development.

    best regards
    Greg Knibbs

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