The Role of Native Foods and Botanicals

The Role of Native Foods and Botanicals

Lesson 8 of 11 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will learn about native foods and botanicals, and how they are better suited to Australian soils and climate than European crops. They will look at how native plants can be grown using regenerative farming techniques to satisfy consumer needs and ensure food security in the future.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • recognise what native foods and botanicals are and why they could be considered an untapped resource
  • understand how the combination of regenerative farming and the growing of native foods and botanicals could be beneficial to consumers and the environment.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • discuss the pros and cons of using native plants for food and botanicals
  • describe how growing more native plants for food and botanicals can contribute to the diversity of agricultural practices in Australia
  • discuss the benefits and challenges of regenerative farming to producing native foods and botanicals.

Lesson guides and printables

Teacher Content Information
Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Search Strategies
Poster Rubric
Native Ingredients Vocab List

Lesson details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • collaboration
  • communication
  • cultural understanding
  • digital literacy

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions - Geography Year 9

Students learn to:

  • understand the challenges to sustainable food production and food security in Australia and appropriate management strategies (AC9HG9K04)
  • understand the environmental, economic and technological factors that impact agricultural productivity, in Australia and a country in Asia (AC9HG9K03)

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 9 Geography achievement standards:

Students analyse the interconnections between people and places and environments. Students analyse strategies to address a geographical phenomenon or challenge using environmental, social or economic criteria.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 2: Zero Poverty

Target 2.4: By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality

UN SDG 15: Life on land

Target 15.3: By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world

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Additional Info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low - teacher will need to ensure that students have submitted their posters and TEDx talks as well as helping supported students throughout the lesson.

Special thanks to:

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This lesson has been developed with the support of the Macdoch Foundation.

This lesson includes video content of the brilliant new feature documentary from WildBear Entertainment, New Town Films and Regen Studios - go to Rachel’s Farm to see the entire film.'s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

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