Mike and Gayle Quarmby, since 2001, have planted over 500,000 bushfood plants on Aboriginal community sites which are spread mainly over the central area of Australia. Over 750,000km have been travelled by the Quarmbys, and that - together with thousands of hours of freely given hard, hot and dusty work - has been the essence of this journey.
This Outback Pride project has been largely funded by Mike and Gayle in collaboration with State and Federal funding bodies. The objective of the project has been the development of horticultural skills on remote Aboriginal communities using positive ethical and environmental principles, with community health and wellbeing as the measurable outcome.
Production plots have been established on the following communities since 2001:
Assistance with project planning and feasibility studies have been carried out for the following communities;
Plant species selections for these sites has been made in conjunction with community elders, historical documents and natural vegetation surveys. This information has been balanced against commercial viability and environmental factors.
The success of this project has been hinged on the commitment of the individual communities involved and the relevant government support systems available for participants.