Let’s Talk with Dan Bourchier – Bush Food, Medicine & Foraging in Your Local Area

Join Dan Bourchier, local Wiradjuri man Adam Shipp, and Canberra Horticulturalist Tracey Bool as they connect you to local food and medicine plants from the region. In this conversation, you will learn about the amazing bush and wild food waiting for you to discover in your local area and how to use it. You’ll also discover the medicinal and health benefits and properties that bush food offers.

During this talk, Tracey Bool recommends the following books as useful resources:

Adam Shipp

Adam Shipp is a proud Wiradjuri man born and raised on Ngunnawal country Canberra. Adam is passionate about traditional Aboriginal plant use and how his people utilise the native plants growing across Australia for foods, fibres and medicine.

Adam runs his business Yurbay which specialises in providing workshops and projects connected to traditional Aboriginal plant use. Adam will discuss the importance of traditional Aboriginal plant use and just how much is out there in the local Canberra bush. These are plants that can be useful for all Australians today and a topic which Adam wishes to bring to the forefront of peoples minds.

Tracey Bool

Tracey grew up on a small farm near Goulburn, NSW and has always had a strong connection with the landscape. She has worked in both retail and wholesale horticulture. Tracey has continued to expand her knowledge of everything plant related, developing an excellent understanding of organic gardening and permaculture living. She has also cultivated a great love for wildlife and Australian native plants.

With many years of experience in horticulture and a passion for sustainable food production and gardening, Tracey has established a reputation as one of Canberra’s leading horticulturalists. She is a garden writer for Canberra Weekly Magazine and regularly delivers talks to community and gardening groups.

Dan Bourchier

Dan Bourchier presents ABC Canberra’s 7pm News bulletin and is a regular on radio, tv, and major events coverage across the ABC.

Dan grew up in the outback Northern Territory mining town of Tennant Creek and began reporting for the local newspaper when he was 14, going on to work for the NT News. His younger years in Tennant Creek, together with his coastal Victorian Aboriginal heritage, have instilled in him a deep interest in the culture, history and social justice issues of Australia’s First Nation people.

From 2010 he was with National Indigenous Television (NITV) in Sydney and Canberra before moving to Darwin in 2012 to join Sky News as its NT bureau chief. In that role, he covered stories including the fourth inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain, US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Top End and the subsequent deployment of US Marines to the Territory. He was the first to announce the rolling of NT Chief Minister Terry Mills, breaking the news on-air while the Cabinet was still in discussion. Most recently he was Political Reporter and National Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Sky News based in Canberra.