Oldman Saltbush is a large woody shrub found in each of the mainland states of Australia, thriving in arid and semi-arid inland regions. With its silvery-grey coating and scaly texture, eating it is probably not the first thing that comes to mind! Extremely hardy and growing between 2 to 4 metres wide and up to […]
About Ann Rowe
After purchasing Rippanleigh Farm near Swan Hill with limited water, I started to research what could be grown on the land with minimal water required. This was also aimed to try to minimise the Mallee scrub and weeds taking over. Maybe my Great Grandmother was trying to influence me, being one of our First Nations people, but this research led to my interest in the natives, but not just any natives, I wanted whatever we grew to also be edible as I wanted our farm to be productive.
My research also led me to a Masterclass with Australia’s only hatted indigenous chef, Clayton Donovan of Jaaning Tree Restaurant. The passion for native foods only grew after this. I have spent many, many hours searching and reading about our wonderful native foods, looking for resources to assist, and even dragged my husband along to a course on Native Plant Identification at the local Seedbank and run by our Sustainable Living Group. Currently the business plan is taking shape for our farm and my domestic collection of wonderful edible natives is growing. I am a member of Australian Native Foods and Botanicals, the peak national body which represents the Australian native food and botanical sector, and the Victorian Farmers Federation.
Leigh and I are both involved with the Friends of Tyntyndyer Homestead. This is a historic homestead in the area which has been handed back to the tradition owners, the Watti Watti people. It has been given historical recognition and they are in the process of renovating it, after quite a lengthy review and report prepared, to open it up to the public again. Leigh and I have approached the Board of the homestead to get approval to use a Watti Watti symbol for our Farm Business logo and also a traditional name, which we may look in the future to trade under. The Board are keen and we will be speaking to them later this month to go through this and reach an agreement, so this is something exciting which will add to the credibility of our blog. I’ll also briefly mention that Leigh and I, once we have the farm established and can pay wages are keen to involve some of the local youth (Clontarf Academy boys and the local girls) to learn about their native foods and farming.
What I have learned is that nothing with farming can be done quickly and without a lot of sweat and tears and, as a small producer, it is very difficult to find assistance. I am stubborn (as is my husband Leigh) and determined to succeed in our plans…so WATCH THIS SPACE!
Entries by Ann Rowe
Who doesn’t like lamb roast? Well, how about we pair that up with a lovely mint dressing, using our Native River Mint? This is one of my favorite natives. River Mint (Mentha australis) is a rambling bush found across south eastern Australia in moist forests and around waterways. The thin, soft serrated and pointed leaves […]
Roasted ground Wattleseed…would you every have thought of eating the seeds from our Acacia trees? Well, these little beauties have a nutty, mild coffee flavor with a touch of sweet spice, raisins and chocolate. They can be used in baking, savory dishes, desserts and, for those who like a tipple, has been used in craft […]
This is the very first addition to a brand new section of the Ultra Vision blog where we will introduce you to some delicious recipes you can make while out enjoying 4 Wheel Driving or Camping. In Australia, we are lucky enough to have some of the most delicious native ingredients (bush tucker) growing all […]
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