Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.36
Liaison Laura Minchella
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
IN-50: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Grasses to Grains - Narrabri Campus

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Grasses to Grains cross-disciplinary, community-led project is a part research, part trainee program examining how Aboriginal people sustainably produced food from native ecosystems for thousands of years, including the world’s oldest bread. This project works with Aboriginal people to bring this system to modern agroecosystems and foods.The project brings together researchers specialising in animals, agriculture, biodiversity. carbon sequestration, economics, nutrition and IP/Law.

Community engagement is central to the research strategy, and the vast majority of this is done on-country. Locations of current field operations include the University’s campus at Narrabri and surrounding farms, the TAFE training fields at Moree, and on Aboriginal managed land in the region. The project includes engaging students from school to university level, with links with the University’s Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu program ("Thinking Path to Make Tomorrow"), the high-tech development of new crop varieties by the Plant Breeding Institute, multi-disciplinary research in the Sydney Institute of Agriculture, undergraduate teaching, and industry engagement.

Material such as reports, short videos and recipes have been made freely available to schools, TAFE and industry to ensure that this ground-breaking project isn't kept in isolation and may serve as a model for research-community collaboration into bringing the knowledge of First Nations people into mainstream sustainability practices.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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