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 of the festival on the 5th of November 2016. Here is the film on youtube:Read More →

Mixed greens and herbs in the permaculture garden, diy food and health

Today was another beautiful sub-tropical winter’s day, clear blue sky and temperatures in the low to mid 20s (Celsius). The garden is full of life at the moment, the bees are busy at work and the buzzing is a comforting sound. In my harvesting today I was happily working side by side with the bees, each of us doing our thing. The sun was lovely and warm on my back as I harvested tamarilloes, cherry tomatoes, new season’s strawberries, peas, snowpeas, some endive and kale for lunch, and a big box of madagascar beans.   I also bottled the yacon syrup today, as it hasRead More →

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 →

An Interview with Tom Kendall of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast, about how he got to where he is now and some of the learnings on the way. His journey from a Biodynamic property of 2500 hectares in Western Australia to a 12 hectare Permaculture property in Queensland. He also discusses what Permaculture and self reliance mean to him.Read More →

We recently had a photography student named Matt on our property who had chosen us as his project for an assignment at Uni. Matt needed to portray “A day in the life of…” with 15 photos.  He ended up following Tom around the property for 2 days and shot lots of photos in the process (he also did our new head shots, thanks Matt!) I do not know how he would have been able to just find 15 photos, I am having trouble myself minimising the amount of photos I would like to put up here… Anyway, here is the gallery of photos, which tellsRead More →

A good friend of mine had a problem with a Bush Turkey (also called Scrub Turkeys, Bush Chooks and I am sure a number of other names not suitable for publication…) The Bush Turkey had decided to make a nest very close to his home, and he was not happy about that at all. After shooing the Turkey away numerous times, whereupon it, of course, returned every time, he pondered the problem…Read More →

Here is a message my 11-year old son gave me when he got inspired to write something at the “Let’s Connect” day in Beerwah. The day was great, wonderful to meet up with so many like minded people. Hopefully it will be an annual event! And it is obviously not just inspiring adults…Read More →

Most people in the world today live in an urban environment. Although this comes with advantages such as closeness to facilities, community, markets etc., it also comes with challenges for those who would like to live more sustainably and are keen to become more self reliant and grow some of their own food. Read More →

It came to my attention recently that a lot of people do not understand the importance of healthy soil. People are very concerned about pests and disease in their garden. Slugs, caterpillars, moths and numerous other critters that seem to make a scrumptious meal out of the fruits and vegetables so lovingly tended in backyards. Molds and fungus that inexplicably appear on otherwise healthy looking plants. Read More →

I love this time of year! Here on the Sunshine Coast, the sun shines brightly during the day, creating a wonderful 23 – 25 degrees C and then cooling down at night, which enables us to run the wood stove as well. Best of both worlds really! The garden loves this time of year as well, green leafy vegetables are abundant, as are citrus and strawberries. Some pineapples are ripening, and the snow peas are ready to be picked.Read More →