Composting at Maungaraeeda, home of Tom Kendall and the PRI Sunshine Coast

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast shows how to consolidate your Permaculture knowledge with practical training at Maungaraeeda.Read More →

On the 18th of March we started our Biogas project. This project involves making a bio-digester which will turn manure into methane gas for cooking and other energy needs. Tom had to re-do some fencing and clear the site for the bio-digester. He calculated that with the amount of manure we are getting (around 30kg per day), we need a 5 cubic metre bio-digester, which will give us around 1 1/2 cubic metres of gas per day. Read More →

Flooding events are becoming more frequent

Disaster is a word that strikes fear into most people. We usually believe disaster is out of our control. The actual happening of the disaster may be out of our control, but how we deal with it and how we come out the other end, is fully in our control. Last weekend we had a major rain event here, from an ex-tropical cyclone swooping through the region. Wind pushed trees over and there was major flooding in this and other areas. We were flooded in for 2 days. Read More →

Introducing: Full Moon Dam. Created as part of the Earthworks course that ran from 24 – 28 September, the process of digging this dam displayed the challenges of creating a dam in shale, and took student through the whole process, from design through dig to rehabilitation. Read More →

As part of the Earthworks course which runs from Monday 24 to Friday 28 September, we are preparing the area for a dam. Students will learn how to determine a site for a dam and how to plan interconnecting dams and swales, how to survey the land in order to allocate dams and swales in the correct locations and will then be involved in the digging of the dam and the planting out of the dam with appropriate species in order to prevent erosion. Read More →