Presentation on theme: "Technical support & information - New tools & approaches to build participation."— Presentation transcript:
Technical support & information - New tools & approaches to build participation
Sustainable Food Gardens - Challenges & Drivers? Key perceived obstacles (rated from 19) Lack of local leadership and ownership – 68% Financial resources and support for project longevity - 59% Changing people, long term ownership and life cycle management of gardens – 55% Cultural reasons – 50% Lack of knowledge, appropriate plants & techniques for specific environments – 49% Lack of interest, gardening/horticulture unattractive, hot hard work – 49% History of failed local garden projects and negative experiences – 46% Key perceived drivers (rated from 19) Local leaders to champion initiatives – 69% Connection to country, right to use land – 69% Health and nutrition, access to affordable fresh produce – 68% Life skills – caring for self, community and country – 65% Social capital and empowerment – 59% (RIG Survey, 2009; 65 respondees, 50% NT, others WA and Qld. Participants from diverse sectors, but over 50% in health related areas: policy, programs, other).
Why new tools & approaches? To build local interest, participation, ‘ownership’ To make gardens/hort more attractive & engaging? – Good tucker, long life? Accessibility - Language & sometimes hearing barriers Visual & audio – story boards, DVDs, mobile phones? Learning garden skills takes time! several seasonal cycles? Successful community programs? 5-7 years Spectrum of garden types & ways to involve people Bush tucker & ‘fusion’ gardens, home gardens to larger community & enterprise projects Set people up for success - celebrate success, small steps ‘Showcase’ & ‘copycat’ – activity breeds further activity?
Technical support & information What technical support & information do you currently access/use? What gaps/needs? ‘Bread & butter’ info for new gardeners, or more technical issues? Examples of different types of useful resources that are available: Horticulture enterprise planning - Indigenous Horticulture Development Decision Model, a useful ‘checklist’ & process – NT Dept Primary Industries (avail RIG web) Modular Learning Guides - Aboriginal Landcare Education Program Learning Guides (ALEP) – 14 modules, Cert 2 Bush foods and plants - Various publications available from most local Rangers programs & Aboriginal Associations
Technical support & information - egs Garden guides - tropical, temperate & arid conditions - Leonie Norrington, Tropical Food Gardens – A guide to growing fruit, herbs and vegetables in tropical and sub-tropical climates - Revised second edition of the Alice Springs Vegie Garden Companion – A handbook for growing food in arid Australia, Arid Lands Environment Centre. Avail RIG website Permaculture resources for remote locations -Growing for for Healthy Communities, A workbook for Aboriginal Communities, Josh Byrne & Martin Anda, download RIG website -IDEP Online Permaculture Resource Guide & Facilitators handbooks, avail online at IDEP and RIG websites. Links to useful external sites, resources, forum, register for RIG News -www.remoteindigenousgarden.netwww.remoteindigenousgarden.net Online CDEP Gardens Discussion Group - Need gmail account. To join email firstname.lastname@example.org