Beerfarm and Fervor would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of this land, of elders past, present and emerging, on which our events take place
When two minds come together
The relationship between Beerfarm and Fervor is an understanding that has been nurtured over time between passionate minds. The Native Series was born with a view to paying homage to this land, it’s people and the knowledge (kaartdijin) that has been passed down by creating a series of unique brews with a truly Australian flavour.
Josh Thomas (The Beerfarmer) and the man behind the team at Fervor, Paul Iskov (aka Yoda) share values that align more than most. Both born in WA and bred with a passion for locally sourced produce, the duo is lucky enough to constantly experience and experiment with the beauty of this land through taste.
Australia's native vegetation is one of the richest and most fundamental elements of our natural heritage. Native vegetation binds and nourishes our ancient soils; shelters and sustains wildlife; protects streams, wetlands, estuaries, and coastlines; absorbs carbon dioxide and emits oxygen.
Depletion and destruction of native vegetation is a primary driver of land degradation, salinity and declining water quality, and is the biggest cause of biodiversity loss. While broad scale land clearing for agriculture and urban development is a critical threat, the loss caused by clearing is compounded by the degradation of remnant bush through unsustainable grazing pressure, insect attack, disease, weeds, rising water tables, salinity, inappropriate fire management, unsustainable firewood gathering and neglect. (www.environment.gov.au)
The Australian department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment have established a Native Vegetation Framework in 2012 with the aim of maintaining or building healthier and more connected native vegetation. Their goals are listed below:
Goal 1. Increase the national extent and connectivity of native vegetation
Goal 2. Maintain and improve the condition and function of native vegetation
Goal 3. Maximise the native vegetation benefits of ecosystem service markets
Goal 4. Build capacity to understand, value and manage native vegetation
Goal 5. Advance the engagement and inclusion of Indigenous peoples in management of native vegetation
The ideology behind the Native Series is to educate and promote the sustainable use of native ingredients and take you on a journey through our country and its flavours. By providing some support in the education of the distribution and recognition of native vegetation and its uses as ingredients in the food and beverage industry, we aim to increase connectivity to land and generate spread some understanding and recognition of the cultural significance of these plants to the indigenous peoples of Australia.
For the Native Series #7 Yoda set up a partnership with the Noongar Land Enterprise Group (NLE) who actively promote Noongar land-based enterprises, and Roelands Mission, who through their charity Woolkabunning Kiaka Aboriginal Corporation (WKAC) is looking to create a positive place of healing and development for the children of the mission and their families.
We would like to share our sincere thanks to Roelands Village Farm and the Noongar Land Enterprise Group for providing the wattleseed and sharing their kaartdijin with us as part of this project. Artwork on the front of this can by local Noongar artist Korrine Bennell-Yarran from Karrak Designs.
Roelands Village sits on 500 acres of land boarded by the Collie River. The rich soils have been famous for generations for producing some of the most flavoursome fruit in WA. In 2013 Roelands planted its first Acacia Wattleseed trees and in 2020 we used this seed to flavour this beer. Roelands Village, previously Roelands Mission, was home to over 500 stolen generation children. Today it is about creating an area where culture can be rediscovered and opportunities can begin to grow.
For more information go to roelandsvillage.com.au
Image courtesy of the Queensland Government - Photo Bruce Maslin
Distribution of Woolya Wah
Also known as Acacia Cyclops, this species is found in sandy and limestone soils along the coast from Eneabba to the Great Australian Bight where it extends into South Australia.
Its scientific name, Acacia Cyclops, refers to the mythical one-eyed giant Greek legend ‘Cyclops’. The unusual appearance of the seed is the reason behind the name.
Acacia Cyclops Occurence Map. Occurence map generated via Atlas of Living Australia (www.ala.org.au)
Cultural Significance and uses of Woolya Wah
from information provided by the "Plants and People in Mooro Country - Nyungar Plant Use in Yellagonga Regional Park"
For Noongar people, wattles are extremely important plants. Wattle seeds for example, are a very good source of fats, protein and carbohydrates. The Woolya Wah (Acacia Cyclops) and the Wattah (Acacia Decurrens) both have edible seeds. The seeds can be ground into a flour and baked into damper. The Woolya Wah or Wilyawa is native to Western Australia and as well as using the seeds for making damper, the green seed pods are used for a variety of purposes.
For instance, a pod can be crushed in the hands to release a sticky juice which, when a little water is added, can be used as a creamy sunscreen and an insect repellent. This cream is also used to treat eczema. If a little more water is added, the pods can be rubbed between the hands and used as a soap or cleanser. Elsewhere in Australia, similar wattles have been called ‘Soap Wattles’.
The Wilyawa is also an important source of gum. The gum that exudes from the trunk is edible and can be chewed like chewing gum. Other wattle species also produce edible gums that can be sucked. These gums can act as a purgative and are used by Noongar people to alleviate constipation. Wattle gum can also be soaked in water to create a glue.
Many wattle species, including the Woolya Wah, are home to grubs, sometimes known as Bardi Grubs or Witchetty Grubs. When these grubs are found in rotting wattle trees, they are roasted over hot coals or in hot ashes before eating. Many early explorers, such as George Grey and Edward John Eyre, noted that grubs were harvested from both wattle trees and Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea preissii). Those from wattle trees are larger but not as plentiful as those from Grass Trees.
The wood of many species of wattle around Australia is also extensively used by Aborigines. Noongar people use Acacia wood for making spear heads, kitjs (spears), wannas (digging sticks) and shields. Wattle tree-trunks can also be used as poles for constructing mia-mias (shelters), as they grow straight and are light to carry.
Wattle bark is also important for tying items together. The bark can be stripped off the tree easily and then oiled with kangaroo fat or goanna oil to make it pliable. Many species of wattle are also known to have highly astringent bark. According to the author Jennifer Hagger, the early colonists used Acacia bark to make decoctions or infusions to treat ailments such as diarrhoea and eye conditions.