Powered by the sun and fitted with hydro panels that can draw 20 litres of drinking water a day from the humidity in the air, the shed allows the community to process their harvest, store food properly, sell it for a higher profit margin and increase their output.

Having created the the first Indigenous Food Database, next it was time to build a community packing shed, to allow communities to harvest and process food on country.

Our first shed has ben installed at Twin Lakes on the Dampier Peninsula of Western Australia, on the land of the Nyul Nyul people. The building of the shed was at the invitation of a traditional owner and Elder of the Nyul Nyul people, Bruno Dann, who had direct input into its design. The shed is in effect a harvesting enterprise hub for the collection and sorting of Indigenous ingredients from many growers and foragers on those lands and beyond.

Tailor-made

The building has been specifically tailored to withstand extreme weather conditions of cyclones, floods and other environmental challenges such as termites. As such, it is adaptable to any environmental conditions throughout remote Australia. It also has a light carbon footprint, so if demounted it leaves no trace of concrete foundations.

It’s completely off grid with solar panels and the installation of four Zero Mass Water solar powered hydro-panels which will produce 20 litres of water per day from the atmosphere.

The site will be a reference point for any similar project both in Australia and around the world. It’s a major achievement and already in use by the community. The outcome will be increases in volume, efficiencies in supply, quality of supply (there will be freezers and drying racks), and transportation.

Hopefully, it’s the first of many.