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Title: "We need our own food, to grow our own veggies…" Remote Aboriginal food gardens in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory.
Publication Date: 2013-10
Authors: Hume, Andrew
O'Dea, Kerin
Brimblecombe, Julie
Affiliation: Menzies School of Health Research - Nutrition, John Matthews Building, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus, Northern Territory School of Population Health, University of South Australia Menzies School of Health Research - Nutrition, John Matthews Building, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus, Northern Territory..
Publication Date: Oct-2013
Abstract: Remote Aboriginal community gardens (gardens) frequently operate below their full potential. A set of gardening sustainability principles may improve their planning, operation and long-term sustainability. This paper aims to document the principles of sustainability of non-profit remote Aboriginal community gardens in the Top End of the Northern Territory. Throughout 2011, gardens in the Top End of the Northern Territory were visited. Interviews and observational data were used to explore the principles of garden sustainability with participants. Subsequent iterative thematic analysis informed development of a set of gardening sustainability principles. Principles of sustainability included effective garden planning; community autonomy, consultation and engagement; growing community vetted crops; employing long-term, effective, culturally sensitive managers; long-term, transparent funding organisations and cycles; garden integration into existing food supply chains; culturally appropriate employment arrangements; and physical aspects of successful gardening. This work uniquely consults gardeners, managers and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people of both genders in the largest reported study of its type, resulting in new and expanded findings, particularly including new social factors for gardening success. Expanding the understanding of what makes gardens work to include the important social factors identified here may have merit.
Journal title: Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Citation: Australian and New Zealand journal of public health 2013-10; 37(5): 434-41
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10137/2665
DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12103
PubMed: 24090326
Type: Journal Article
Subject: Aboriginal
horticulture
nutrition
Australia
Community-Based Participatory Research
Female
Humans
Interviews as Topic
Male
Northern Territory
Qualitative Research
Community Participation
Fruit
Gardening
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Vegetables
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