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Date posted: 2 October 2013
Ladies from all walks of life headed to the Top End town of Katherine, to attend the 'Women of the World' festival, a global event that celebrates the achievements of women, while also examining the challenges they face in everyday life.
Among the guest speakers are a group of local Jawoyn women, who have established a bush foods project at the Banatjarl family and healing centre, south of Katherine. Diana Bruce, from Barunga, says produce grown in the garden is used for a range of purposes. 'We are planting a garden, with bush medicine, bush fruit and bush colour,' she said. 'When our kids are sick, we come and get the bush medicine and boil it, when they are sick with the flu.'
Horticultural consultant Boronia Saggers has helped the ladies establish the garden, and says there are plans to expand it during the upcoming wet season. 'As with all gardens, it is always evolving,' she said. Ms Saggers says there has been no shortage of helpers with the project, and it is something the women are very proud of. The women use produce from the garden during their stays at Banatjarl, while also teaching their children about traditional bush foods.
Source: Australian Aboriginal Directory