Get involved with Yarta Outdoor Kitchen

The Yarta Kitchen is being built as a meeting place – a union for travellers and visitors to gather - nourished by local, sustainable food produced at the farm and locally - prepared and cooked at Yarta Kitchen - with you.

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We will provide hands on garden/field to plate experiences that not only nourishes, it connects us to our food, taking responsibility for our food security, our health and ultimate survival.  We invite you to participate with us sharing our collective wisdom and knowledge.

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The kitchen framework is being funded and constructed by Yarta and our first donations. The cladding, roofing, fitting out and equipment is our next stage project aiming for a Spring 2016 opening with your support.

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For complete and thorough transparency, all donations are itemised showing where the money was spent and the price of each item. In this case 100% of the funds were aplied to the purchase of rough sawn ironbark from the local timber mill, fasteners, fixtures and fittings, and concrete.

By the way, anyone participating in this are up for a fabulous time with some rewarding benefits… our gifts back to you.  Have a look here Donate

To help continue the project, visitors are invited to share in the building process, gardening and landscaping, enjoying Yarta food and camping hospitality in the process. This is your project built by you and our community.

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Native Bees: Australia's own pollinators

Tim Heard’s “The Australian Native Bee Book” has just been launched and it’s packed full of quality photos, graphics and diagrams. It’s an information rich handbook which is laid out in an easy-to-read format laced with humour and inspirational comments making it entertaining as well as educational. 

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Food Medicine: How bioactive honey heals

Gather By Bioactive+ Honey is a powerful antibiotic, aids in burns and wound care, boosts your immune system, aids in gut health, and reduces dental plaque.

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Warre Hives

Warre Bee hives offer bees a safe, healthy place to live and create honey like they would do in nature. They also help beekeepers effectively extract honey with minimal disturbance to the bees. 

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What do Seinfeld, the Amish and Bees have in common?

An Amish farmer, a Seinfeld movie and a table of honey, no, it’s not the start of a dad joke, but the start of an amazing journey that leads us to the launch of Gather By. But before we go into detail, we thought you might like to hear the strange and serendipitous story of how it all began. 

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The Planting Process

The planting phase of the Gather By model is the most significant and, therefore, it is crucial it done correctly.

This is where planning and preparation comes to life. The images below demonstrate the planting process – from clearing the land to putting the plants in the ground. This process also involves putting down weed mats, digging holes, and putting protective barriers around each Leptospermum plant.

We take pride in each and every plant we put in the ground and love that we can share with you where our unique honey originates from and how each jar is created.  

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Growth and rain

The images below illustrate the necessity of rain for the growth of the leptospermum and, also, the potential risks to the plants and how careful planning can minimise the potential damage of environmental factors.

Heavy rain, during the growth period, led to a once-in-20-year flood, which could have had a drastic impact on the plants; however, with careful contingency planning, we were able to minimise the damage of these floods. The plants were planted on high ground, in protected areas, which meant the rain had a positive impact on plants - instead of wiping them out completely!

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Planning and Preparation

Following the exploring and selection of appropriate land for a Medicinal Honey Forest, the Gather By team gets to work on planning and preparation.

This stage involves a lot of research, drawing, and discussing – as you can see in the images below! 

Although this stage can be time-consuming, it is always pays off when the plants are put into the ground. 

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An investigation into the therapeutic properties of honey

Dee A. Catert, Shona E. Blair and Julie Irish

Implication for relevant stakeholders

The Australian Honey Industry

This project showed that there are numerous Australian honeys that exhibit therapeutically beneficial levels of antibacterial activity.  With appropriate marketing and public awareness campaigns, supported by reliable assay procedures, Australian honey has the potential for adoption as internationally-recognised, potent, non-toxic, topical micro-agent.  There is a potentially huge market for such products.

Communities

This study has shown that honey has a potent activity against numerous problematic pathogens.  Honey shows excellent potential as a prophylactic agent, particularly in hospital settings where patients are often immune-compromised and exposed to multi-drug pathogens.

Recommendations for Beekeeping Industry

Develop and license a unified means of assaying and labeling medical-grade honeys, and this should be used by anyone marketing Australian honey as an antibacterial product.

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Antibacterial activity of honey against strains of Staphlycococcus Aureus from infected wounds

RA Cooper, PhD, PC Molan, PhD, KG Harding, MRCGP, FRCS

School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Wales Institute, Llandaff Campus Western Avenue, Cardiff Cf5 2YB, UK

Abstract:

The antibacterial action of honey in infected wounds does not depend wholly on its high osmolality.  We tested the sendivity of 58 stratins of coagulase-positive Staphylococcus aureas, isolated from infected wounds, to pasture honey and a manuka honey.  There were little variations between the isolates in their sensitivity to honey: minimum inhibitory concentrations were all between 2 aand 3 % (v/v) for the manuka honey and between 3 and 4 % for the pasture honey.  Thus, these honeys would prevent growth for S. aureus if diluted by body fluids a further 7 fold to fourteen-fold beyond the point where their osmolarity ceased to be completely inhibitory.  The antibacterial action of the pasture honey relied on release of hydrogen pyroxide, which in vivo might be reduced by catalase activity in tissue or blood.  The action of manuka honey stems partly from a phytochemical component, so this type of honey might be more effective in vivo.  Comparative clinical trials with standardized honeys are needed.

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