IndigiGrow is a social enterprise, whose core focus is to sustain people, land, and culture through the propagation of native plants. As well as, bush food and the critically endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub.
IndigiGrow is a venture by First Hand Solutions, creators of the Blak Markets. IndigiGrow seeks to deliver positive environmental projects through research and rejuvenation of endangered plants. In addition, they participate in mass urban plantings which create carbon credits, and also improve the general atmosphere and environment. Finally, they offer native plants for sale from their nursery.
The organisation is based in La Perouse, the community where I grew up. As a result, I am extremely passionate about supporting them.
Led by CEO Peter Cooley, a Proud man who is also from La Perouse, the team is extremely passionate about growing & reviving local endangered native plants and native edibles, as well as educating people on the wide ranging benefits of native plants.
"Running Educational programs will ensure that the cultural knowledge of our people is understood, protected, and respected. This project will be a working model that shows not only urban communities how to live sustainably, but also a scalable model for regional & remote communities. We will retain culture & increase biodiversity and fauna habitats by replenishing many native species that are important to our culture and the local ecosystem. We will educate people about our plants, and break down cultural barriers through better understanding and appreciation of our native plants & bushfoods." Extract from IndigiGrow website
Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub
IndigiGrow has taken it upon itself to help revitalise the critically endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS), it is one of their specialisations.
ESBS once occupied around 5,300 hectares of land between North Head and Botany Bay. Only around 146 hectares across the local Government areas in the region.
There are more than 60 plant specifies that make up the ESBS. IndigiGrow has approx. 20 in their nursery, which they hope will kick start the recovery of this important group of native plants.
Peter is passionate about supporting local Aboriginal youth and has provided a few with opportunities to work within the organisation.
Muru is proud to support IndigiGrow in this area. Through the support of our own clients, we are able to contribute a percentage of profits to help Peter and the team. This allows them to offset some of the employment costs for the young mob.
Our partnership demonstrates the outcomes that two local Aboriginal owned organisations can create when working together to support our communities.
Please support this spectacular social enterprise! Get down to La Perouse Public School when you next get the opportunity and purchase some native plants.