CHILDREN and their families were given a taste of some new food flavours at the opening of the Bush Food to Plate project at tagari lia Child and Family Centre last month.
Following a beautiful Welcome to Country by Aboriginal Aunty Wendal Pitchford, Aboriginal dancer Nathan and Bush Food Consultant Kris Schaffer, children were led in a dance and song to welcome our guests and invite them to share culture. Stories were shared with the children and will be further developed as the project grows.
This project aims to support the healthy, active lifestyles of families and their children and to introduce them to new food flavours, traditionally used by Aboriginal people, by incorporating them in everyday, easy to prepare recipes. It will also build the skills and knowledge of families to incorporate bush foods into their own gardens and introduce the Aboriginal stories associated with the use of the bush foods to the families participating in the project.
Throughout the course of the program participants will work together to develop a Cook Book of healthy, nutritious and wholesome recipes, that can be used everyday, using 15 key bush food plants. It is hoped that this pilot project serves as a guide for further expansion of the program to other areas of the state, and that the cook book and resources developed will be able to be shared far and wide.
Staff at tagari lia Child and Family Centre invite community members who would like to learn more about bush food to come in and talk with Nicki, our Bush Food Facilitator.
This project has been developed in partnership with Child Health Association Tasmania, the Family Food Patch Program and tagari lia Child and Family Centre, and made possible with funding from the Healthy Tasmania Community Innovation Grants program.