Since Dja Wonmuruk — which translates as 'Yes Tea' — was formed over a year ago, Ms Dunolly-Lee's teas have gone from just an idea to being stocked in one of Bendigo's fine dining restaurants. It's sad to see it disappear.". "I'd been experimenting with making teas, lots of failures and a few successes," Aunty Julie said. Under Djakitjuk Djanga, grants of up to $200,000 (excl GST) will be available to eligible Aboriginal businesses and organisations to help overcome key resource related barriers to commercially producing native plants for use as food and botanicals.

“A native Australian grain crop would mean we are growing food that is uniquely suited to our environment,” Rodney says. Djakitjuk Djanga will also establish a Community of Practice to help progress Aboriginal leadership of Victoria’s native food and botanicals industry. "We've [the City of Greater Bendigo] just been recognised as Australia's first UNESCO City of Gastronomy so there's a lot happening in this region at the moment around food.

The concentric rings of the Dja Dja Wurrung seasons represent a never ending cycle, as each new year it is reborn. This is part of goal four of the Dhelkunya Dja Country Plan. The Djadjawurrung are bound to their land by their spiritual belief system deriving from the Dreaming, when mythic beings had created the world, the people and their culture. With the help of local elder Aunty Julie McHale, Ms Dunolly-Lee began testing different native plants and blending teas, and discovered she had a talent for it. We invite you to join the Dja Dja Wurrung and the wider community to nurture and fulfil your Murrup (spirit) together on Djandak (Country).

This provided us with the plants and animals that we used for food, medicine, shelter and customary practices. Aunty Julie has been cooking with and growing a range of native plants at her home for many years. It just looks like a normal old gum tree, but you rub the leaves and it smells just like strawberry," she said. "It's really important for me to feel accepted as a Dja Dja Wurrung woman because I really want to revive and help carry on culture. Bendigo and the region’s core gastronomy themes are; a 40,000-year-old sustainable food system through the Dja Dja Wurrung people and the need to heal the landscape following colonization and gold mining, the creativity and innovation of the community and of our food producers, health and nutrition and the role of food in inclusion and community wellbeing, and the importance of developing a sustainable food … We figured, 'well, we need some teas to put in these canisters'.". "It's drinking the tea and having that familiar taste of black or green tea, but then you have that layer of taste that you've never really had before," she said. We acknowledge the people past and present of the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Djab Wurrung tribes, whose land form’s the Pyrenees Shire. The Tachylite deposits near Spring Hill and the Coliban River may have been important trade goods as stone artefacts from this material have been found around Victoria. Although native grasses produce less seed than conventional cropping systems, there’s an opportunity to increase our knowledge base about higher yielding plants.”, Exploring the possibilities of kangaroo grass creates other opportunities, too.

Today, we pay our respects to leaders and Elder’s past, present and emerging for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and the hopes of all Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Peoples.,, so that we can help others, please consider volunteering via. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), Producers unable to meet demand for native foods, With flavours of coffee, chocolate and hazelnut, this native bushfood is in demand. The Dja Dja Wurrung forms part of a larger group of Clans sharing religious and social ties. Our native grasslands give ample opportunity to produce grain.

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