The Native Harvest Initiative
Demand for native Australian ingredients – both locally and around the world – has never been higher, however demand will soon outweigh supply. This is why The Australian Superfood Co has introduced the Native Harvest Initiative.
The Native Harvest Initiative – established with the help of a team of agronomists and propagators – addresses this imbalance by providing a range of specialty services and support to Indigenous communities, assisting growers and farmers diversify and/or repurpose their crops. Working together, the Native Harvest Initiative provides growers with the security of a guaranteed customer for their produce.
Meet the farmer
Proud Narungga man Daniel Newchurch has just taken over his grandfather’s farm, but has flipped the planting model. Rather than continuing to grow spring onions and parsley, Daniel’s pulling it all out, and focussing his sights on growing native Australian foods instead.
Australia is a wild place; vast red deserts, dense rainforests, craggy mountain ranges. The ever-changing landscape, going through a cycle of scorching sun, drought, monsoonal rains and flood, explains why this country is able to offer up such a versatile range of native ingredients, and how this produce has sustained Indigenous Australians for centuries.
THE WADEYE COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
We worked with the Women’s Centre to set up a community initiative, creating employment opportunities for indigenous women during the Kakadu Plum harvest season. There is a 4% unemployment rate in Wadeye and last season we helped create over 300 jobs for women.