This winter we worked to replicate the conditions that we experienced after the 2020 Black Summer bushfires. That terrifying event was informative as it rejuvenated the Yambulla native grasslands leading us to a new partnership and a new native grain industry.
12 months after the bushfires our native pasture paddocks were uncharacteristically lush and abundant with seed. We attributed this to the fires followed by good rain.
The abundance inspired us to invite Bruce Pascoe’s Black Duck Foods to harvest the grain and, after much experimentation, BDF have turned the Kangaroo Grass and Spear Grass seed they harvested into a unique and delicious $ 360/kg flour!
We have observed that the subsequent 2 harvest yields (2022 and 2023) have diminished despite similar rainfall. Experimenting with a burning regime seemed obvious to increasing yields.
Yambulla’s Ranger Louis Convery has worked this winter with a number of knowledge holders (a big shout out to Oscar Gordon and his mentor Den Barber; Chris Harris, Farm Manager at BDF and Nathan Lygon, Yuin man) and together they burnt 9 hectares of grainfield. In doing so, Louis and co developed some exceptional skills for demystifying this very important work.