A few weeks back, we were invited to participate in a summit hosted by Queensland University, where we discussed ways to improve wild harvesting practices in Australia.
Queensland University is currently conducting a lot of nutritional research on the benefits of bush tucker, while also looking at ways to improve crop size for these Indigenous communities.
The ongoing goal of the intimate summit was to increase the processes and awareness surrounding wild harvesting. This way, larger amounts of native fruits can be harvested to develop a greater working ecosystem for Aboriginal families and communities.
This topic is very close to our hearts.
We source most of our plants from Indigenous communities and we’ve received tremendous support from them and their Elders, who have generously shared their knowledge with us. It’s therefore part of our mission to let people know how important wild harvesting is.
Indigenous communities depend on wild harvesting to survive. It’s impossible for them to compete with the commercialisation and large-scale production of bush tucker.
We want to protect these remote communities and their livelihood so that they can thrive and continue to take care of the land.
No one can do this better, because traditional wisdom is at the core of caring for Australian land. Indigenous growers know exactly how to groom the trees and take care of the precious native plants our country has to offer, in a perfectly natural way. They take what they need to sell, always making sure the natural balance of the ecosystem is not affected.
Wild harvesting represents…
… a pillar of employment for Indigenous people
… a promise of ecological sustainability and care
… a way to allow Indigenous wisdom to be passed through generations. Elders employ young Indigenous Australians, share their knowledge and tell their stories.
We’ll continue to do our part in the development of wild harvesting and work with the growing number of institutions that share similar goals.
We also wanted to express our gratitude to Elder Bruno Dann from Twin Lakes Cultural Parkland, Elder David Hewitt from Wild Orchard Kakadu Plum, and Michelle from Kiril Park Wild Harvest for paving the road in this industry. We will do everything possible as suppliers to ensure they continue to succeed.