As this week draws a close on 2021's NAIDOC week with the theme Heal Country, let me tell you what I've been thinking about.
My ethos is a simple one.
I am all about protecting our native habitats and animals, trying to raise awareness where I can that we can all do better in this regard.
I love Australia and our amazing plants, insects, animals, sea creatures, all of it!
So this year with the theme of Heal Country, this resonates with my very core values.
As a seed collector and supplier I wonder how can we help?
Well, in one word, ethics.
Ethically sourced seeds in a sustainable method and by only collecting a percentage of seed available so that there is some left for nature to do its magical thing and regenerate.
We want to supply seeds so that Australians can do their bit and grow their own plants for the enjoyment of all living beings and for the future generations to come!
I've been researching more Bush Tucker seeds to our lines to offer a broader Aussie range and also to find out more information about the First Nation's cultural, medicinal and edible uses for these.
We will be promoting native food and medicinal plants in the near future to acknowledge and support this years theme of NAIDOC week.
But that is a post for another day!
Heal Country calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protection for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration and destruction.
Heal Country is about embracing First Nation's cultural knowledge and understanding as part of Australia's national heritage. That the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to and the cultures and values of all Australians.
This is a great opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
Artwork - Care for Country by Maggie-Jean Douglas (Gubbi Gubbi)