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Geoff Lawton filming our farm

On Sunday we had the priviledge of welcoming Nadia and Geoff Lawton and their daughter Latifa on our permaculture farm. It was lovely to see them all again, and they spent most of the day filming on our farm, catching all those little bits that make our farm such a special place to be. They brought other people along as well, to help with the filming and to check out our farm. I made a mulberry bunya nut cake for morning tea, as we still had mulberries in the freezer from our last harvest. We also were able to harvest some bunya nuts this year (not as many as last year, as it was a low year for the Bunyas this year) and as the chickens are finally laying a little better again, we had enough eggs for the cake as well. The kettles were boiled on the biogas stove, after I showed them how we feed the biodigester to make the gas to cook on. Geoff and Nadia got lots of footage and we are looking forward to the end product! Unfortunately I was so caught up in the moment I didn’t take any photos on the day myself.

Permaculture garden at Maungaraeeda, Noosa Hinterland, Sunshine Coast

Our thriving permaculture garden

This morning was a sad morning, as one of our little goats died overnight and we found her in the paddock this morning. She had not been well for some time, and got beaten up by two bigger female goats. I separated her from them yesterday, but she didn’t survive the night. Very sad, she was such a little darling…

The goats are let out into their paddock at Maungaraeeda

Letting the goats into their paddock

I spent the morning with my son staking out the next paddock for our cows with the electric fence, they were very happy to go into a new area this morning! The cell grazing system is making an amazing difference to the fertility of the paddocks, with the grass huge by the time they go back into a paddock! Geoff Lawton was also very impressed yesterday by the increase in fertility at the farm, it is great to get that confirmation that what we are doing is actually working!

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©2016 Zaia; diyfoodandhealth.com, incorporating Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast, simplicity, permaculture, self reliance, self sufficiency, sustainability, food, health and homesteading, Nadia and Geoff Lawton filming at Zaia and Tom Kendall’s permaculture farm on the Sunshine Coast.

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