Small scale farming has successfully bee taken up around Utopia. With the assistance of the Arid Lands Environment Centre, vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet peas, carrots and beans are being grown in winter to supplement peoples' diets.
While the venture is not of a commercial scale at this point in time, there are plenty of encouraging signs.
Carbon farming is farming in a way that reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions or captures and holds carbon in vegetation and soils. It seeks to reduce emissions in its production processes, while increasing production and sequestering carbon in the landscape. For further information, click here.
Triodia pungens is a spinifex species that grows in parts of Alyawarr land. It has been found to yield extremely strong, stretchy microscopic fibres that can be extracted using cutting-edge nanotechnology. A single ‘nanofibril’ of spinifex has a tensile strength eight times that of steel. Harvesting the plant could become a possible commercial venture.