When we tell people we practise permaculture, we usually get some questions. The interesting thing is the type of questions we are asked. Usually the person asking us has a plant or tree that has some sort of disease and we are asked what they can do about it. It is interesting how we are all so indoctrinated into thinking that someone who works with nature, plants and animals should just know how to treat something that is diseased without doing any further research or knowing the circumstances…
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Looking back on a great long weekend at CelebrATE!, a two day celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food. Workshops with Jason Davies, Amanda Moore, Tom Kendall, Jodie Williams and Zaia Kendall, a music jam with Linsey Pollak, performances by the Unusual Suspects, Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan and the Formidable Vegetable Sound System and food by Black Ant Gourmet.
We are masters of trying to control our environment as humans, to the detriment of our species. We are so linear, we have removed ourselves completely from the natural environment and label everything. We need more holistic thinkers, more people that can see the whole picture and the amazing interaction between all the elements in a system…
Tom and I are excited to open our gates to people for CelebrATE! on Labour Day weekend, and to showcase our permaculture property which is currently providing us with around 90% of our food, 100% of our cooking energy needs and most of our animal feed.
The not for profit Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. (www.permaculturesunshinecoast.org) is organising CelebrATE!, a two day celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food on our Permaculture Demonstration and Education site “Maungaraeeda” (Place of Food) in the Noosa Hinterland town of Kin Kin on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Previously know as DIY Food and Health, we felt that our website had to reflect more who we are, rather than hiding behind a brand or different name. We are Tom Kendall and Zaia Kendall, a husband and wife team who live and breathe permaculture. Our property Maungaraeeda, which means place of food, supplies most of our daily needs. This requires a lot of hard work on a day to day basis, but it is enjoyable and extremely satisfying.
The grade 9 class from the Noosa Pengari Steiner Waldorf school had a 2 week permaculture school camp at Maungaraeeda. They had a electronic free 2 weeks on the land, a wonderful group of students and teachers!
The Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. is looking for two dedicated, hard working Permaculture trainees, possibly for a longer term. We are offering a hands on Permaculture training experience at the Permaculture Demonstration and Education site Maungaraeeda, taught by PRI accredited teacher Tom Kendall.
Tom was asked to participate in a documentary by 15 year old Bayley Pilling. The short film is in the finals of the Noosa International Film Festival and will be officially screened as part...
Final day of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course, certificates, last dinner and talent night!
On the final day of the Permaculture Design Certificate course run by the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and taught by Tom Kendall, students presented their designs, were in turn presented their certificates, had their final dinner and dessert and entertained in / were entertained by the talent show!
Day 9 of the PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) course, food and drink and Permaculture group meeting
Day 9 of the Permaculture Design Certificate / PDC course and we had juice, pancakes, chocolate cake and fish, and the students are doing more design work. As an added extra, they will go to the Permaculture Noosa group meeting tonight and hopefully get inspired!
Students are in their teams doing their Permaculture Designs. Mulberries are ripening prolifically on our trees and are a treat over lunch.
Day 7 of the PDC course and students are starting their Permaculture Design for presentation on the last day of the course.
On day 6 of the PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) course, students were shown hands on how to survey with different tools. We also show here the various afternoon jobs and raw banana pie for morning tea!
Day 5 1/2: Students learn harvesting and harvest processing skills as an extra during the Permaculture Design Certificate / PDC course here at Maungaraeeda.
Moving the food forest tractor with the PDC students on day 5 of the Permaculture Design Certificate course.
Day 4 of the PDC course here at Maungaraeeda, today a look at the morning jobs we do with the students and compost turning.
Huge yam harvest and cream separating demo during day 3 of the Permaculture Design Certificate course at Maungaraeeda.
Day 2 of the Permaculture Design Certificate course at Maungaraeeda, more food and a property tour, all part of the PDC!