Food in Remote Communities


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Andrew Dempster will be returning to Central Australia in April to finalise the extension of the school orchard and finalise plans for garden construction at Ulpanyali. Andrew will be accompanied by Aman Dosanj, a chef and Slow Food colleague from Canada who is on an extenstive food tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Feedback from Wanmara is that the work done in September 2015 has been very successful.

this project has now been running for over two years and has the potential to make an extraordinary difference to the ability of locals to obtain fresh food. We are proud of our association with the local Indigenous elders who have allowed us to be part of this project.


Andrew Dempster again visited the region in March, 2015. Funding for the March trip (airfares, accommodation and transport) was provided by the Lilla foundation in return for Andrew conducting three days of intensive food-related community service work with a visiting school group.

The long term success of getting remote communities to provide their own fresh food requirements, with assistance from Slow Food Hunter Valley, is a three to five year program – mainly due to the need for a very strong educative element. We can always make the food available, but the transformation is to get the communities to do this of their own volition and that means bringing about some fundamental change in the the community thinks about food.

Funding is parlous. We have about $7000 from Australia Post for fencing and gates. This will all be consumed in July 2015, when fences, gates, plants and “soil” are put in place.


 In July 2014, Mark Brown and Andrew Dempster volunteered their time to help build gardens for fresh food in three remote indigenous communities, Lilla, Wanmara and Upanyali. In September, 2014 Andrew returned to Central Australia to assist with planting of seeds and seedlings at Wanmara and Lilla. No work has been done at Upanyali as yet.


At Wanmara, Mark established a series of mandalas. At Lilla there were three gardens established – the garden at Lilla Public School, Lilla Foundation garden and a community orchard.

A word from Mark Brown

“I was privileged to be asked to assist in the Fresh Food Gardens in Central Australia project by designing a garden in the Wanmarra Community near Kings Canyon in the Northern Terrority. The initial design went extremely well and a garden was commenced along with compost heaps and propagation to ensure a start towards bringing fresh food to the Wanmarra and Lilla communities. A large part of the project was to design a local indigenous food garden to support the conventional food garden and to provide a place for education and support “Ark of Taste” species in the region.”
Mark Brown Slow Food member