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Want to learn more about our native bush foods?
Many people plant natives just because they like them, often for their beauty or because they're generally easy to care for and there certainly is merit it in that. But many of these plants are edible, can be used in teas, have medicinal properties or can be used for much more than just attracting birds and butterflies. Many of our indigenous plants are incredibly useful, but most people don't realise how versatile some of these plants really are.

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Lilly Pilly is a bush food that's commonly grown, but often hedged, so people don't realise it has an edible berry

Jamie Simpson from Walkabout Education will share his knowledge about some of our native plants and their uses. He has a life time of experience, and having grown up on the Mornington Peninsula he spent most of his time in the bush or at the coastal reserves. As an adult, his professional life is really just an extension of that. He has formal training in horticulture, works closely with traditional custodians and is a wealth of information when it comes to traditional Aboriginal uses of plants that are indigenous to Victoria & Tasmania. In fact, he is writing a book on the topic!

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A range of bush foods that can be found, depending on the season

Jamie also conducts guided discovery walks where groups are taken through the bush, coastal areas or rainforests, and if that's not enough there are even forest camp outs, so you can really get into it. Walkabout Education also holds a range of workshops such as propagating bush foods, how to incorporate them into your back yard, permaculture design or commercial enterprise. He can tailor workshops and provide consultations if required. You can find out more on facebook, the Walkabout Education website or you can contact Jamie by email or call on 0409 051 208. It's likely you'll need to leave a message, but he'll get back to you.

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Jamie talking about indigenous plants

I have met Jamie on one of these walkabout discovery tours, my kids loved it and we were totally surprised at what we discovered, it's an educational experience that can't be underestimated. Jamie also does school incursions and excursions as a part of his outdoor education program.

So this free talk, is a great opportunity to gain an introduction to understanding our native plants and all that they offer. Jaime will be speaking about his passion of indigenous plants and weather permitting, will also take the group for a walk to see which bush foods and plants can be found in a local natural setting. What a great way to start learning about our countries traditional bush foods and useful plants in this session.

This talk is being held in alignment with and to support the second anniversary of the Warranwood Food Swap. And what a great way celebrate, by learning about the way the traditional custodians connected with and used the land. So if you have any home produce like fruit, veggies, preserves or excess from your garden harvest, you can take that to exchange as well.

So why not go along on Sunday 20th August. It's being held at Warranwood Primary School, on the corner of Wellington Park Drive and Wonga Road (the car park on Wellington Park Drive will be open), to find out more about the uses of our indigenous plants, some that you might already have growing in your garden or are very common in our bush reserves.

You can find out more information about the bush foods talk and food swap here
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Why? To learn about bushfoods
When: Sunday 20th August 10-12
Phone: 0409 051 208
Where: Warranwood Primary School, 1 Wellington Park Drive. Warranwood
Cost: Free
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by May Cross (score: 3|5489) 866 days ago
Wonderful idea! There should be more of these classes/seminars held to inform us all. City councils need to get on with this education for ratepayers.
by fluffynut (score: 2|917) 848 days ago
Great article
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