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Leonie Norrington


Dr. Leonie Norrington was born in Darwin and grew up at Barunga community in southern Arnhem land. She grows and harvests food in the savanna region of far north Australia. She was introduced to gardening at her maternal Grandmother’s knees, at a time when the only fresh food available in Darwin was home grown. Her knowledge of Indigenous food plants came from years hunting with her adopted Aboriginal mother Clara Bush. For the last fifty years she has grown fruit, vegetables, and herbs in her kitchen garden and orchard at Noonamah, in the NT. Leonie’s Churchill Fellowship project researched with people who are long term food gardeners. She was interested in different styles of food garden in tropical climates and the plethora of ways that being a gardener, shapes people’s identities and their connection to place.