Video Farms and people’s connections to them: producer video

TLF ID M019431

This is a video about the operation of the Outback Pride project and the value of the Australian native food produced in conjunction with Aboriginal peoples. To a visual background of the nursery at Reedy Creek in South Australia and some of 25 Aboriginal communities involved in the project in SA and Northern Territory, Mike and Gayle Quarmby explain that Outback Pride produces 40 tonnes of native foods a year; grows up to 60 plant species, works with Aboriginal Elders to identify the best species, propagates plants at the nursery and grows them there and in the communities' gardens. The couple also point out the food's health, environmental and historical values. The involvement of schools and students is seen as important and a teacher at Renmark High School describes the benefits. The video lasts 5:11 min and in the last part, the project's grocery products are displayed and the rapid deployment of its fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables to restaurants in Australia and Asia exemplified.

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Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for teachers of geography in years 4 and 5 and for teachers and students working on the Environmental change and management unit in year 10. The video is particularly relevant to content descriptions that refer to the types of natural vegetation and their significance (year 4), the influence of Aboriginal Peoples on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (5), and Aboriginal Peoples' approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of Australia (10). The video also provides an excellent context for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority and its organising idea that Aboriginal Peoples' ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing.
  • The Outback Pride project is of considerable value for the Design and technologies curriculum, particularly for teachers of the years 3/4 content description that refers to food production used in modern and traditional societies. The project's distributed and sustainable food production system is valuable for content descriptions about how and why food is produced in managed environments in years 5/6 and about sustainability and production in managed environments in years 7/8, and would be an excellent case study for the years 9/10 content description about investigating and making judgments on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of food.
  • The video's coverage of how the project's food and grocery products are marketed in Australia and Asia is very useful for the year 10 content description in economics and business that refers to the participation of Aboriginal communities in contemporary markets. The 25 communities involved form the largest bush food growing organisation in Australia. The project was established by Mike and Gayle Quarmby as a philanthropic business venture. It provides an excellent example for the year 6 content description about the reasons businesses exist and the different ways they provide goods and services.
Year level

3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

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