Today was the first day of our September PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) course here at Maungaraeeda. We have another great group of people here and everyone is getting to know each other. As we are incorporating practical experiences as well, the days are very long. Today everyone gathered at 6am to start helping with the animal routines. Everyone is divided into groups and they all have morning and afternoon tasks to do. After an early morning smoothie of macadamia mylk, frozen bananas, sunflower seed and honey, everyone got underway (some needed their hot drinks to get started). Tom showed everyone how to light the rocket stove and then they headed off to the feed shed (I stayed in the kitchen to get the meals underway).
Breakfast was banana bread (made with my green banana flour) with butter, fried homemade cheese, tomato, capsicum and eggplant, with homemade coriander pesto. Everyone did their own dishes in our new outdoor sink, then it was time to get to the classroom!
After the first two hour session, I brought morning tea to the classroom. This morning it was gluten free vegan carrot cake, with some of our cream on the side. It had a cashew sweet sour cream on top and had walnuts and sultanas inside.
As an added extra during morning tea, students could join Iris in the garden and check out what she was doing there and possibly help. After that it was another two hour session in the classroom, followed by lunch.
After the afternoon two hour session there was a 3/4 hour break, and Tom brought the cows in and milked them. The students all had their chores, lighting wood fires to heat their shower water, gathering wood for the rocket stoves, sweeping the common areas and emptying compost toilets. After the break everyone got stuck into making an 18 day compost.
We finished the day with dinner of roast cassava, chilli ratatouille and beef and vegie patties. I am currently sitting here struggling to keep my eyes open. I think most of the students are already in bed! Tomorrow another big day!
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