Reference Number: AT.4.1718040
CRCNA Funding: $52,364 (ex GST)
Total project value: $185,091 (ex GST)
Project length: 2 years 2 months
Finish date: March 2020

Participants

  • Growcom
  • Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation
  • Gudjuda Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation

Summary

This project connects new and old traditional knowledge to research how two motivated Indigenous enterprises can foster and demonstrate horticulture production within an Indigenous business model.

This project will identify specific research needs in value chain, agronomy, business and marketing and provide independent guidance and assistance, linking the enterprise to funding and grants the participants may be eligible for in coming years.

The initial stages of this project will establish commercial horticulture production sites at Mungalla Station, near Ingham, and Gudjuda at Home Hill.

It is expected once horticultural and agronomy processes have been fine-tuned, these sites will transition to produce native food and plants, as identified by market research.

For the 2018 season, Mungalla Station will establish a 1 to 2-hectare plot and grow commercial vegetables with their internal nursery supplying the seedlings. Gudjuda Station at Home Hill already has a successful market garden crop venture underway, with around 1 to 2 hectares currently under cultivation and a self-supplying seedling nursery and will be looking to double the area under cultivation during the 2018 season.

Expected outcomes

  • Increased area of vegetable crops under harvest at each site by the end of the 2019 season.
  • Increased employment and training opportunities for the Gudjuda and Mungalla communities.
  • Increased opportunity for Indigenous communities across Northern Australia to investigate the production of native food and provide economic and job opportunities on country.