Food Care NT has been established for 4 years and is a community group of backyard gardeners and local food enthusiasts. Food Care NT 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 now hosts a community of Darwin residents that meets to share growing tips and recipe ideas through informal workshops and food tastings. 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 savory dishes.
The group aims to connect community through the sharing of culinary and gardening skills and ideas and to connect food to the backgarden or community garden. The group is open to anyone new to Darwin, The Tropics, local food and gardening or those passionate and knowledgeable. These connections to food through community is 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.