EGF and Bundjalung Tribal Society have partnered with Hungry Earth Ecology (HEE) and Growing Roots Garden to create a successional agro-forestry (SAF) farm on BTS's 31 hectare property in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW Australia.
Successional agroforestry systems are intensively planned and managed production systems designed to mimic natural ecological process and function. To the Successional farmer, a lemon tree, an avocado, a blueberry, a finger lime, or any species, which is not a true pioneer, will never thrive when planted in isolation and without a diverse ecology around it.
Bundjalung Tribal Society is a local Indigenous organisation founded by members of the Bundjalung Aboriginal Nation. Hungry Earth Ecology (HEE) and Growing Roots Garden are Northern Rivers based regenerative farmers and trainers providing hands-on farm-based support to groups seeking to deliver socially responsible and sustainable primary production.
Through the project Bundjalung Tribal Society seeks to provide opportunity for its community members to engage in training and work in sustainable agriculture and horticulture.
Reinstating productive output of the property is the initial stage of a wider vision of the Bundjalung Tribal Society to develop a broad business enterprise that supports Bundjalung people's health and well being.
In December 2017, the project commenced with a half-hectare SAF plot created. Further SAF plots will be planted over the next 2 years.