Australia’s rich Indigenous culture is over 60,000 years old, but unfortunately some of the valuable knowledge and traditions are getting lost in the modern world. One passionate business reconnecting with this treasured heritage is Warndu – which means ‘good’ in the Adnyamathanha language – a native produce company based in South Australia.
Warndu’s locally sourced native plants, nuts, seeds and proteins are used to create a range of sustainable products that are ‘good’ in so many ways – ‘good’ for cooking, ‘good’ for health, ‘good’ for the environment and, most importantly, ‘good’ for providing Indigenous Australians with jobs and training within the horticulture and food industries. Further to this, a portion of the profits from their food range go to restoring Indigenous health in Arnhem Land With the support of Dreamstarter, they were able to turn a culturally important dream into a reality.
Our major objectives and goals are to regenerate culture, community, tradition, health and food, by creating a sustainable native food industry, and showing people how to use these foods at home
co-founder of Warndu
In 2016, Warndu ran a successful crowdfunding campaign with ING Dreamstarter and raised $16,000. Since then, they’ve been on a journey both growing the business and raising awareness for their cause. By partnering with Dreamstarter, they were able to launch their first Brew & Broth pop up restaurant in Adelaide.
- Success will be educating mainstream Australia about native ingredients and dishes, which will in turn increase demand for native products.
- Another marker of success will be an increase in the number of native food gardens in rural communities, employment of Indigenous Australians, and the successful education of traditional farmers.
- With the growth of Warndu, they hope to continue educating and inspiring positive conversation in the community about Indigenous skills, history and culture.
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