Tom Kendall is a permaculture farmer with over 40 years farming experience and a broad acre agriculture background. He is co-founder of the PRI Sunshine Coast Inc and PRI Luganville, Vanuatu and runs PDC courses and Permaculture training on his Permaculture Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda”. Tom regularly co-teaches Permaculture Design Certificate courses with Geoff Lawton and has taught Permaculture courses in Australia and overseas. He is part of Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Sustainable Consulting team and does regular consultations for personal land holders as well as not for profit organisations and government departments in Australia and overseas. He has worked and consulted in sub-tropical and tropical climates (pacific and Caribbean islands, north east Australia etc) and dry land climates (Jordan, Western Australia etc). Tom has an amazing ability to read hydration and fertility issues on large scale as well as smaller scale landscapes. With his farming background, Tom is a very hands on and practical man and is solution focused. He has extensive travel experience and integrates easily with local cultures and people as he comes from a humble and honest position. Tom enjoys studying landscapes, buildings and the effects of climate and culture on structures, flora and fauna.
Tom has a talent to identify and repair damaged and eroded landscapes, focusing on soil health and transforming damaged land to highly productive land. He repaired 7000 acres of dry land farm which had been conventionally farmed for many years and which was experiencing loss of top soil and erosion, by converting it to organic / bio-dynamic practices and making it profitable again. He also repaired around 10 acres of degraded, low fertility, sub tropical ex-banana farm land, which is now a lush, flourishing Permaculture Demonstration and Education site.
All land improvement was done on a low budget with minimum outside inputs, and was designed to derive an income from the land. Being brought up in a remote area of Western Australia, he was taught from very young to be inventive, innovative and self reliant, a practise he still continues today and teaches to his students.
Taught a Permaculture Design Certificate course for PRI Australia at Zaytuna Farm with Geoff Lawton and a PDC course at Maungaraeeda.
Ran CelebrATE!, a two day celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food at Maungaraeeda
Ran two 3 week farm school camps at Maungaraeeda.
Did a number of Permaculture consultations for private people and NGOs in Fiji, Vanuatu and the Dominican Republic, as well as in various locations throughout Australia.
Did talks and workshops at various locations in Australia throughout the year.
2016 – current
Ran school camp groups and taught teenagers skills in building, farm activities, sustainability and self reliance.
2012 – current
Co-founded PRI Sunshine Coast Inc in 2012, running short courses in earth works and building as well as PDC courses and Internships (http://permaculturesunshinecoast.org)
Co-taught several PDC courses with Geoff Lawton. Tom has over 1000 hours of PDC teaching experience and has been training people in practical permaculture skills on his site since 2006. He has taught Permaculture Design Certificate courses in Jordan and Vanuatu as well as Australia and has experience in tropical, sub tropical, temperate and dry land climates. He became a PRI accredited teacher in 2012.
2010 – current
Consulted for personal land holders, not for profit organisations, government departments and companies, in Australia and overseas. He became part of Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Sustainable Consulting team in 2014.
2005 – current
Ongoing work on his demonstration site “Maungaraeeda” in Sub Tropical Queensland, Australia, putting Permaculture systems in place such as animal systems (chickens, cows, goats, cell grazing systems etc), energy systems (solar, building a biogas biodigester etc), food forestry (using biological resources), earth works and water management (swales, dams, water catchments, nutrient cycling etc), vegetable gardens (composting systems, plant propagating etc), building (solar passive with local rock and recycled materials) and many more. These systems were all put together by himself using local resources mainly from the property itself.
Co-founded PRI Luganville, Vanuatu (Tropical environment)
2000 – 2011
Roof construction, wwoofing (volunteering) on Permaculture properties, property investment and part time maintenance and building jobs
1992 – 2000
Farmed 7000 acres Bio Dynamically with wheat, cows and sheep (broad acre farming) in Western Australia (average rainfall 250-280mm per year)
1964 – 1992
Born and raised on a 11,000 acre farm in Western Australia which he took over from his father in 1992. He farmed wheat, sheep and barley in a conventional manner with his father until he took over the farm, downsized and converted to Bio Dynamics in 1992.
1988 – 1990
Worked in the building industry in Perth focused on carpentry.
1982 – current
Self education by means of research, reading and practical experimentation.
Teacher Training course with Geoff Lawton
Permaculture Design Certificate course with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton and Gregg Nibbs
1981 – 1982
Carmel Agricultural College in Western Australia
Zaia grew up in a family of musicians in Holland, and has a background in top sport (snow skiing) and web development and design. She co-founded the PRI Luganville and PRI Sunshine Coast Inc with Tom, and runs the “invisible structures”, like finances, business administration, website design and maintenance, writes articles, records and edits videos and also organises the cooking and the kitchen on site. She has researched and studied nutrition and health for 20+ years, has a certificate in Nutrition and continues to study by research, reading and daily observation. She is a certified member of the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and is a holistic nutrition and health coach. She is an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs occasional percussion workshops. She is the percussion leader for the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra and composes as well as plays music. Please visit her music website at zaia-music.com.
2012 – current:
Administration, finances, web development, design and maintenance, cooking and meal planning, marketing, social media, video production for PRI Sunshine Coast and kendallpermaculture.com.
2016 – 2017
Bookkeeping and payroll for local community store.
2006 – current:
Involved in various percussion bands: Latin American Percussion, Marimba and Gypsy Bands. Played in Big Bara Boom, Kkarimba and Jambezi, and is still active with The Pyrophone Juggernaut and The Unusual Suspects. She conducts marimba and percussion lessons and workshops and composes her own music. Released her solo CD “Breaking Barriers” in 2014, and has also recorded with Big Bara Boom, Kkarimba and the Unusual Suspects. Has been performing at Woodford Folk Festival since 2008 and is actively involved in community music. Did a music collaboration with Maati Baani, Linsey Pollak and Allaa Wardi in 2016 (released January 2017). She runs music workshops at festivals and events, leads the percussion section of the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra and performs regularly.
2009 – 2011:
Administration, cleaning, reception and marketing at Living Valley Springs Health Retreat.
2004 – 2008:
Travelling around Australia and homeschooling her children.
2001 – 2003:
Contracted for Drake International Employment Agency as Web Developer and was director of Animo, a web solutions company in Noosa.
1997 – 2001:
Designed websites for Internet Service Providers and their customers.
1993 – 1996:
Worked at Mt Buller in the Race Department in Administration, at TAFE in Administration and course design and at ski lodges in Housekeeping and Kitchen; created and sold paintings, designed and painted signs for small businesses in the area, designed and printed T-shirts.
1990 – 1993:
Various positions in Computer Based Training Development, Administration and Sales
1987 – 1989:
Full time snow ski racer living in Austria. Dutch Slalom champion in 1989, competing in FIS and Europa Cup events in slalom and giant slalom.
1997 – current:
Ongoing personal research and education in nutrition, exercise and lifestyle.
CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1
Certificate in Nutrition
Permaculture Design Certificate
2002 – 2006:
Mystery school graduate
Pranic Healing, level 1, 2 and 3
Reiki Level 1, 2 and 3
NLP and Kinesiology
Studies in Anatomy and Physiology, Bio Chemistry and Ayurvedic Medicine.
Certificate in Training and Assessment
Certificate IV in Computer Programming Technology
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