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Bio


Diego Bonetto

"The Weedy One"

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Diego Bonetto

"The Weedy One"

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Diego Bonetto is an Italian artist, father, forager, speaker, keen naturalist and award winning cultural worker based in Sydney. Since 2002, Diego has been working as a multimedia artist and cultural engagement practitioner and is key member of artists’ collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress.

Diego's art practice encompasses collaborative socially engaged projects like the Green Bans Art Walk and the Redfern/Waterloo Tour of Beauty  to environmental campaigns like the Weedy Connection and Wild Stories projects, celebrating and fostering culturally aware interpretation of the landscape.

Diego works with chefs, scientists, architects, academics, herbalists, brewers, soap makers, producers, educators and land owners, providing programs, workshops, tours, community engagement strategies and exhibitions. He regularly presents at conferences and symposiums on the ecological and cultural value of botanical species.

Diego is now collaborating with a cluster of developers, web producers naturalists, horticulturalists to create Wild Food Map -- a community to identify public domain food and medicine plants living in the landscape, sharing locations and related knowledge through social media interaction.

Diego's project have received a substantial amount of media including a Gardening Australia segment and articles on Marie Claire, GQ Australia, LonelyPlanet, SMH, The Daily Telegraph, ABC Radio and TV and SBS Radio and TV

 
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Gardening Australia Video


Wild Food

Diego on ABC's Gardening Australia with Costa.

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Wild Food

Diego on ABC's Gardening Australia with Costa.

 

ABC TV - Gardening Australia - Series 23 Episode 27 (13/10/2012) : Costa Georgiadis meets a man with an unusual perspective on weed control. http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s3606784.htm

 
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Press + Media

Features and interviews for News, Magazines, TV, Radio and Web.
 

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Press + Media

Features and interviews for News, Magazines, TV, Radio and Web.
 

The Wild Bunch, American Way Magazine, March 2017 https://americanwaymagazine.com/wild-bunch

The Wild Bunch, American Way Magazine, March 2017 https://americanwaymagazine.com/wild-bunch

Eat Your Enemies, Gardening Australia Magazine, Feb 2017

Eat Your Enemies, Gardening Australia Magazine, Feb 2017

For the Love of Weeds, Robin Powell, Your Garden Magazine, pgg 98-101, Winter 2016

Safe, G. (2015, July 8) Forager Diego Bonetto reaps the benefits of edible weeds. The Sydney Morning Herald- Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au

Safe, G. (2015, July 8) Forager Diego Bonetto reaps the benefits of edible weeds. The Sydney Morning Herald- Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au

Hungry for more, Collective Hub, March 2017 - http://collectivehub.com/

Hungry for more, Collective Hub, March 2017 - http://collectivehub.com/

Land, Labour and Food, AXON Journal, November 2016

Land, Labour and Food, AXON Journal, November 2016

Lost and Found, Sarah Norris, Virgin Australia Voyeur, pgg 122-129, June 2016

Bowen, E. (2015, April 23) INTERVIEW: DIEGO BONETTO. The Slowpoke- Retrieved from http://theslowpoke.com

Bowen, E. (2015, April 23) INTERVIEW: DIEGO BONETTO. The Slowpoke- Retrieved from http://theslowpoke.com

Wild Food Mapping as Global Cultural Maintenance, Artlink Magazine, March 2017 - https://www.artlink.com.au/articles/4579/wild-food-mapping-as-global-cultural-maintenance/

Wild Food Mapping as Global Cultural Maintenance, Artlink Magazine, March 2017 - https://www.artlink.com.au/articles/4579/wild-food-mapping-as-global-cultural-maintenance/

Top guides who will take you on food tours to uncover Sydney’s hidden culinary treasures, Daily Telegraph, #0 November 2016  

Top guides who will take you on food tours to uncover Sydney’s hidden culinary treasures, Daily Telegraph, #0 November 2016

 

Diego the forager, Ed Halmagyi, Roughcut Magazine, pgg. 45-59, June 2016, https://issuu.com/roughcutmagazine/docs/roughcut.issue3.june2016/45

Reid, W. (2015, March 24) Urban Forager: Diego Bonetto. The Feed, SBS2 - Retrieved from http://www.sbs.com.au

Reid, W. (2015, March 24) Urban Forager: Diego Bonetto. The Feed, SBS2 - Retrieved from http://www.sbs.com.au

Boys, C. (2014, June 24). A Guide to Finding Food In Your Own Backyard. The Sydney Morning Herald – Good Food. Retrieved from http://www.goodfood.com.au/

Boys, C. (2014, June 24). A Guide to Finding Food In Your Own Backyard. The Sydney Morning Herald – Good Food. Retrieved from http://www.goodfood.com.au/

Grey, T. (2013, October 3). Hunting for Dinner: Wild Food Foraging with Diego Bonetto. Broadsheet – Sydney. Retrieved from http://www.broadsheet.com.au

Grey, T. (2013, October 3). Hunting for Dinner: Wild Food Foraging with Diego Bonetto. Broadsheet – Sydney. Retrieved from http://www.broadsheet.com.au

Werner, J. (2012, December 16). Urban Foraging. ABC Radio National - Off Track. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/

Werner, J. (2012, December 16). Urban Foraging. ABC Radio National - Off Track. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/

Reid, G. (2014, Issue 4: Myth). Diego Bonetto: The Weedy One. The Plant Hunter – Conversations. Retrieved from http://theplanthunter.com.au/

Reid, G. (2014, Issue 4: Myth). Diego Bonetto: The Weedy One. The Plant Hunter – Conversations. Retrieved from http://theplanthunter.com.au/

Han, E. (2013, October 26). Where the wild things are: tours stem from foraging revival. The Sydney Morning Herald – Good Food. Retrieved from http://www.goodfood.com.au

Han, E. (2013, October 26). Where the wild things are: tours stem from foraging revival. The Sydney Morning Herald – Good Food. Retrieved from http://www.goodfood.com.au

Moy, E. (16 Aug 2011). Big Fag Press. Time Out Magazine Sydney - Around Town / Arts / Woolloomooloo. Retrieved from http://www.au.timeout.com/

Moy, E. (16 Aug 2011). Big Fag Press. Time Out Magazine Sydney - Around Town / Arts / Woolloomooloo. Retrieved from http://www.au.timeout.com/

Priest, G. (2014, March 26). RT PROFILER 2: The Arteffect. RealTime Arts – Special Features. Retrieved from http://www.realtimearts.net

Priest, G. (2014, March 26). RT PROFILER 2: The Arteffect. RealTime Arts – Special Features. Retrieved from http://www.realtimearts.net

Pike, A. (2013, April 9). The Food Forager. Green Lifestyle Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.greenlifestylemag.com.au/

Pike, A. (2013, April 9). The Food Forager. Green Lifestyle Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.greenlifestylemag.com.au/

Westbury, M. (2007, October 23). Not Quite Art (Season1) : Weedy Connection and Un-collectables. ABC TV - Not Quite Art. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/

Westbury, M. (2007, October 23). Not Quite Art (Season1) : Weedy Connection and Un-collectables. ABC TV - Not Quite Art. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/

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Testimonials


Testimonials

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“Bonetto’s work is a barometer of our times, exploring nature, fragility, sustainability and how we integrate ourselves in the natural environment. The work is particularly apt at this point of time with what is going on ecologically, economically and politically,”

-- Selection Committee, 2008 Helen Lempriere Scholarship

 

"Diego... It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day in your world yesterday, eyes down and mind open to the possibilities, the stories and above all else the honesty and sharing of your wealth of information and experience. It is great to know that you are putting the perspective out there, challenging the status quo and helping inspire a new level of respect for plants, our medicine and our food. Walk far and wide, lead people onto the path and continue to gather more stories. You are a wild weed in a world that needs your minerals and resilience... Tap deep into the riches and reach high to the sunlight. Every story shared builds a vibrant inquisitive future. Thanks for what you do !!!"

-- Costa Georgiadis, ABC - Gardening Australia

 

"Thanks once more, Diego an other wonderful experience ,special thanks to Agnieszka for sharing with us all the wisdom.

Lovely day sunny and so productive I have learn a lot more about our much loved weeds.

I had a great time... and my shoe je je je ... Got proper ones now ... Lots of love xxxxxxxxxxx Thanks Wild Stories"

-- Gladys

 

"Fantastic! Thanks Diego and Agnieszka. Was thrilled to go home and start identifying some of the plants we covered in the workshop. Definitely the beginning of a great journey for me. Look forward to future walks :)"

-- Harriet
 

"Diego, I absolutely loved Sunday's Mushroom Trip :)

I was an avid wild-crafter back in my homeland, Michigan and have deeply missed that sense of connection since moving to Australia a few months ago.

Thank-you so much for introducing that simple magic into a new immigrant's life."

-- Felecia
 

"We really enjoyed our visit to the Penrose and the Belanglo forests and learning about which mushrooms we could pick. I especially appreciated your generosity with your knowledge, and that you acknowledged the communal and cultural roots of the practice.

We shared most of the mushrooms we picked with work colleagues; and we kept a little for ourselves and made them into a delicious ragout."

-- Robyn

 

"I have made an observation about what I have learned from you. By introducing the dimension of the different tastes of the different plants into my experience I'm am relating to my environment in a totally different and much richer way.  When I walk into my backyard I no longer see different shaped green things, I am distinguishing between plants by look and taste. Thank you for giving me those eyes."

-- Nigel

Thanks Diego. Loved yesterday’s talk. You do such a great job of communicating your knowledge in a fun way.

-- Melanie

 
 

 

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