Aboriginal bush tucker farm for Harcourt

Nalderun Aboriginal Services cultural education coordinator, Castlemaine Indigenous woman Aunty Julie McHale is interviewed on the site of Harcourt's new Bush Tucker Farm being established now. Photo: Eve Lamb.

An Aboriginal Bush Tucker Farm being established at Harcourt is poised to create new employment opportunities for Indigenous youth and a new attraction for the region.
To be operated by Nalderun Aboriginal Services the bush tucker farm is being established with help from a $200,000 Djakitjuk Djanga grant announced on site yesterday by state agricultural minister Jaclyn Symes.
Meaning ‘Country’s Food’, the Djakitjuk Djanga program provides grants to eligible Aboriginal businesses and organisations to help overcome barriers to commercially producing native plants for use as food and botanicals.
“It’s a program that’s being delivered by the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations who have partnered with Agriculture Victoria to be able to provide this grant,” said local Indigenous elder Aunty Julie McHale who is sharing her native food plants expertise with those closely involved with the venture.
The farm is being established on a 2.6 hectare site donated for lease by the Henry family of the area’s Henry of Harcourt cidery business. Read more in today’s Mail and Tuesday’s Midland Express. 06.11.20