(Country Of Trees & Water)
Traditional Garden & Blak Cede Enterprise
The Women’s traditional food project is located at Waminda’s property Kareela Ngura (Country of Trees and Water) at Terara. Kareela provides a culturally safe space for First Nations Women to Care for Country and to be a part of the reclamation of their land and traditional knowledge of plants on country.
The community garden provides healthy and nutritious food to community by delivering produce to various programs and groups at Waminda, including Bulwul Balaang, Elders groups, Dead or Deadly, Balaang Gunyah and also provides ingredients for our social enterprise Blak Cede.
Kareela Ngura gives First Nations women the opportunity to learn and share knowledge of their traditional food economy within the Shoalhaven, and the important role they play in our First Nations women’s lives, from food to medicine; to sharing stories; healing; and ceremonies that strengthen our songlines and create new ones.
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How You Can Get Involved With Kareela Ngura
Aboriginal women and families can participate in the workshops and events, and through the other Waminda programs that operate from the site. We have working bees from time to time, and will advertise garden-based workshops through our networks and social media.
We can also host specific workshops or activities for local school groups, and community groups wishing to connect and re connect to culture through our natural environment.
Blak Cede is a brand new Waminda enterprise, aiming to create natural, hand-made products sourced on the south coast, and led by our Community.
Blak Cede products are made from mostly hard-harvested sand, clay, grasses, barks, herbs and flowers from the NSW South Coast, and created in mind of wellbeing and longevity.
We want to grow and share our ways of Knowing, Being and Doing, and make a powerful cultural experience that will give back to the Community who leads it.
Kareela Ngura FAQ’s
What Food Do You Grow?
Some of the traditional foods grown out at Kareela are the Magenta Lilly Pilly, Bolwarra, Mylong, Illawarra Plum Pine, Wattle’s and Murnong Yam Daisy. These foods are also used within our social enterprise project Blak Cede.
Growing, producing and harvesting traditional foods at Kareela is providing community with access to traditional plants and foods that can be vital for ones’s culture, wellbeing and health. This ensures we are passing down our cultural knowledge to community and are leading the way with Self Determination and sustainability practices.
What Do You Do With The Food That's Grown At Kareela?
The food that is harvested from site is taken into our cooking program Nyully Tucker where the team cook up amazing meals for our community Diabetes program. We also supply ingredients for our Blak Cede Enterprise. We make up community hampers to give to families in need. It is one big cycle. Grow for our community, community help grow our garden.
What Projects Are Running At Kareela Ngura?
Currently we have two community groups based at Kareela Ngura which run on a weekly basis. We have local women who participate in learning about traditional foods and the importance of sustainable growing. We grow supplies for our Blak Cede enterprise, and our market garden supplies our Dead Or Deadly program.
How Can I Get Involved In The Garden?
To be a part of our garden project you can either self-refer and attend our garden space at 5 Nobblers Lane Terara and ask to speak to one of our team members to sign you up. Or you can call our front office on (02) 4421 7400 and be referred internally . You will need to leave your personal details so one our team members can contact you. If you would like to volunteer at the garden you will need to apply, ask for Bianca and she will follow it up for you.
Do You Run Any Workshops At Kareela?
Over time Waminda has been approached by external services e.g. Community College, Nowra TAFE and Sydney Botanical Gardens to run workshops for community members to learn about gardening, the health and wellbeing benefits of this and how live sustainably and grow your own produce. Our team at Kareela Ngura also run workshops from time to time. Call (02) 4421 7400 for more information.
Contact Kareela Ngura
5 Nobblers Lane, Nowra NSW 2541
Program operating hours are between
9:00am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday.
For more information, including appointment times and transport availability, please call;
Waminda Reception: (02) 4421 7400
Free Call: 1800 997 330
Prevent The Spread
Please click here to find out more information about COVID-19 and how it has affected Waminda services. Please self-isolate if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including a sore throat, coughing or sneezing, or flu-like symptoms. Call our reception to make a telehealth appointment with one of our doctors.
Our practice has an appointment booking system for all consultations, we can accommodate walk in consultations with the clinical team, but it is encouraged to make a booked appointment. On arrival you will be triaged by an Aboriginal health worker prior to seeing the Doctor. If you are unable to attend face to face due to symptoms, we have the option of a telehealth appointment.