A remote community in the Northern Territory is growing its own fruit and vegetables, bush tucker and bush medicine.
Ali Curung is an Indigenous community about 350 kilometres north of Alice Springs, where a network of communal garden beds have just being built.
The raised garden beds are a part of a community project to learn more about local bush tucker and medicines, but also to provide fresh food in a town where supplies are trucked in infrequently.
There are native fruits such as passionfruit and finger limes, local tucker including bush tomatoes and raisins, and introduced vegetables such as cauliflower.
Gardener Graham Beasley says he learnt how to use the bush tucker as a kid, and wants to pass the skills on.
“The bush raisins, you can crush it up together and make a flour, then everybody can share a damper,” he said.
Some of the plants can also be used for medicines.
“If the kids have sores, you can crush it together and rub it all over their bodies.”
Mr Beasley is a first time gardener but says he has found a new passion and wants to teach others in the community how to do it.
“I like growing things.
If we get more plants growing, we’ll be able to grow seeds here and get them to grow in their yards as well,” he said.
“Bush medicines and bush plants. Trying to get them to learn from here and grow properly in the community.”