Principal and founder of the Australian Technology and Agricultural College (ATAC), Dr Narendra Nand, announced this morning that he would be naming a new Bushfoods Garden after the local member who inspired him when the college was just starting out in 2017.
“When we started the college, we were in Parkinson, and Minister Enoch came and saw what we were doing. It meant so much to us that she would spend that time with us”, Dr Nand said. “So now we have our own property and facilities in North Maclean, I wanted her to come and be part of this next stage.”
A soil turning ceremony in April celebrated the start of the garden which will launch with over 100 native food plants. The ATAC students will be planting and cultivating the bushfoods while completing their senior subjects.
Dr Nand, a global expert in Australian Bushfoods plants, is passionate about promoting the nutritional and medicinal value of native plants. He has run the National Bush Foods Conferences since 1999 with the support of Queensland Busfoods Association (QBA) and Griffith University staff. Their 7th Conference was held at ATAC in 2019 drawing local and national experts including, researchers, growers, processors, and hospitality retailers marketing bushfoods products. His conferences have gained the attention of experts from all over the world and have made a significant contribution to the development of the Bushfoods Industry in Australia.
ATAC offers educational pathways for students in Years 10-12 who want to complete their QCE and pursue an agricultural, technical or trade career. Students study Essential English, Essential Maths, Certificate II in Business, Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways, Agricultural Practices, Independent Life Skills and Vocational Courses. ATAC is a registered training organisation (RTO#45556) and is launching higher level courses to build skills for employment opportunities and better careers.