Region harvesting new batch of fans

Twitezimbere Burundian Community vice-president John Niyera and president Joel Sindayigaya during their harvest. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Twitezimbere Burundian Community vice-president John Niyera and president Joel Sindayigaya during their harvest. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

SUNRAYSIA has drawn widespread attention for its innovative farming practices, with growers from across Australia visiting the region at the weekend to learn about local practices and potentially expand the model. 

The Food Next Door model, which was established by the Sunraysia Local Food Future group, matched Mildura’s Burundian migrants with vacant land to grow traditional maize crops.

Sunraysia Local Food Future member Deb Bogenhuber said as part of the initiative, local farmers also exchanged knowledge and resources with the Burundian community, with the exchanges documented by researchers from the University of Wollongong and University of Melbourne.

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