Our Australian agricultural story begins more than 40,000 years ago, with our Indigenous Brothers and Sisters sustainably farming the earth we walk on and the water that flows around us. They used sophisticated farming practices to sustain the environment in order to feed our families, our communities and our culture. They did this successfully across dramatic climate change events, including ice ages. As we approach our anthropogenic climate change challenges, we have much to learn from the ancestors of this place.
A few hours south west of Darwin, sealed roads slowly turn to straight red dirt paths, wild horses and brahman cattle roam and feed on roadside fodder and the trees and blue sky span deeper than the eye can see. We were heading to the town of Wadeye, a remote Aboriginal community settled by the Catholic Church in 1935.