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Learning about the uses and flavours of these plants

Grasses at the front along the path with a lilypily and muntries
Muntries - Kunzea pomifera
Our acknowledgement - We respectfully acknowledge the Maar (Gunditjmara) nation as the original custodians of this land and that Warrnambool Community Garden adjoins a significant place
Our garden is a significant area for First Nations people, overlooking former wetland. 

Due to the harsh Australian environment and associated stress, plants need to protect themselves. Accordingly, many have much higher nutritional value than those found in European diets.

Over the last few years we have been exploring bush food plants that will grow and produce in our climate, in consultation with
 Gunditjmara Co-op and also some bush food professional growers.

This area is dedicated to learning about indigenous plants, their uses and how we can add them to our diets.

Bush Harvest

We are entering exciting times as more people are showing an interest in understanding the value of bush foods for healthy diets and general wellbeing.


We've worked together with the original custodians of our region, the Gunditjmara and Keerray Woorroong people of the Maar Nation, with the support of the Isobel and David Jones Family Foundation and Warrnambool City Council to create this resource to help identify local plants and how they can be used. 

Download your free copy 
Bush Harvest - Your guide to indigenous food plants

Bush Food Booklet -  your guide to indigenous food plants

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Warrigal Greens - Tetragonia tetragonioides

Bush food and native area

Native plants have been a part of Australian gardening since the earliest colonial days. Our emphasis on native plants is focused on locally endemic species first, then natives more broadly after that.

The Bush Food group meets the third Saturday of every month from 9am to 12noon.  All members are welcome, as are guests.  


We focus on maintenance and development of the bush food areas and stands of native vegetation on site, with mutual learning and sometimes action research through doing in a friendly and supportive environment.

Native tuber plantings 

Our focus has expanded to trials of bigger plantings of things like murnong (Microseris lanceolata) which were once staples of indigenous agriculture in local areas.

Murnong - Microseris lanceolata
Murnong - Microseris lanceolata close up of seeds
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