The GULP project aims to connect community through the sharing of culinary and gardening skills and ideas and to connect food to the back garden , community garden or local area. This reduces food miles, connects people to place, promotes healthy eating and allows people to share their knowledge cross culturally within the community online and face to face.
The project works with many other community organisations in Darwin including community gardens, school kitchen gardens, Darwin Community Arts, multicultural groups, market stall holders, backyard growers and interested individuals.
The “GULP” project idea came from the group Food Care (Darwin) , a community group of backyard gardeners and local food enthusiasts. Food Care hosted Darwin’s first permaculture design course and in partnership with CDU student groups instigated the design and community engagement to establish a community garden at Lakeside Drive. Food Care NT has hosted a community of Darwin residents that meet to share growing tips and recipe ideas through informal workshops and food tastings.
The “GULP” project formalised these get togethers and threw them open to the wider community hosting workshops and food shares in public spaces in association with other community groups. Thanks to funding in 2013 and 2014 from The Community Benefit fund (Department of business NT Government) and City of Darwin Environment grants we were able to host workshops free of charge for anyone to attend in the wider Darwin community.
So far workshop and ingredient topics have included- cooking okra, wet season greens, preparing coconuts to make coconut milk and oil, growing Asian wet season beans and crops and cooking cassava roots into sweet and savoury dishes, multicultural uses of Banana, bitter melon and taro, eggplant dishes and more recently the use of native bush tucker.
We aim to include anyone new to Darwin, The Tropics, local food and gardening and those already passionate and knowledgeable. These connections to food through community are essential due to the remote location of Darwin and its reliance on trucked in food supplies and creating community is important in a rapidly growing small city.
If you or your organisation would like to get involved please contact us