Zaia and Tom Kendall,, permaculture, sustainability and self sufficiency

Previously know as DIY Food and Health, we felt that our website had to reflect more who we are, rather than hiding behind a brand or different name. We are Tom Kendall and Zaia Kendall, a husband and wife team who live and breathe permaculture. Our property Maungaraeeda, which means place of food, supplies most of our daily needs. This requires a lot of hard work on a day to day basis, but it is enjoyable and extremely satisfying.Read 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 →

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 →

We currently have 2 Jersey cows in milk, having had their beautiful babies not so long ago. As breastfeeding mums can attest, the more the babies feed the more the mums produce, which is a wonderful natural system. We milk our cows 4 times a week and which gives us around 50 litres of milk and the cows still have plenty of milk left for their babies. We stagger the milking: 2 days at the beginning of the week, 2 days towards the middle/end of the week. Per 2 days we get around 25 litres of milk. On the second milking day, we combine the 2Read More →

For some years now we have been looking at minimising our energy consumption, and at alternative forms of energy creation in order to produce the energy we need. As we have animal systems in place here at PRI Sunshine Coast, we have a fair bit of manure on the property. As well as animal manure, we also have waterless (composting) toilets, so humanure is another resource on our property waiting to be used more efficiently than we currently are.  After a lot of research over the past few years, Tom decided that a Biogas system would be the best way to go for us.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 →

This past week Tom has been labouring hard, laying the rock floor in our rock walled bathroom. The bathroom has been a ongoing project now for at least 4 years. We were hoping to have it ready before our wedding 4 years ago, but that didn’t happen, and more urgent projects found themselves at the top of the list. Urgent projects like the bathrooms for the students, which pushed aside the need for our bathroom, hence we are still showering outside in a tent… 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 →