Looking back on a great long weekend at CelebrATE!, a two day celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food. Workshops with Jason Davies, Amanda Moore, Tom Kendall, Jodie Williams and Zaia Kendall, a music jam with Linsey Pollak, performances by the Unusual Suspects, Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan and the Formidable Vegetable Sound System and food by Black Ant Gourmet.
Tom and I are excited to open our gates to people for CelebrATE! on Labour Day weekend, and to showcase our permaculture property which is currently providing us with around 90% of our food, 100% of our cooking energy needs and most of our animal feed. The not for profit Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. (www.permaculturesunshinecoast.org) is organising CelebrATE!, a two day celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food on our Permaculture Demonstration and Education site “Maungaraeeda” (Place of Food) in the Noosa Hinterland town of Kin Kin on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
The grade 9 class from the Noosa Pengari Steiner Waldorf school had a 2 week permaculture school camp at Maungaraeeda. They had a electronic free 2 weeks on the land, a wonderful group of students and teachers!
The Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. is looking for two dedicated, hard working Permaculture trainees, possibly for a longer term. We are offering a hands on Permaculture training experience at the Permaculture Demonstration and Education site Maungaraeeda, taught by PRI accredited teacher Tom Kendall.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sec7l9rj6A
On the final day of the Permaculture Design Certificate course run by the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and taught by Tom Kendall, students presented their designs, were in turn presented their certificates, had their final dinner and dessert and entertained in / were entertained by the talent show!
Day 9 of the Permaculture Design Certificate / PDC course and we had juice, pancakes, chocolate cake and fish, and the students are doing more design work. As an added extra, they will go to the Permaculture Noosa group meeting tonight and hopefully get inspired!
Students are in their teams doing their Permaculture Designs. Mulberries are ripening prolifically on our trees and are a treat over lunch.
On day 6 of the PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) course, students were shown hands on how to survey with different tools. We also show here the various afternoon jobs and raw banana pie for morning tea!
Day 5 1/2: Students learn harvesting and harvest processing skills as an extra during the Permaculture Design Certificate / PDC course here at Maungaraeeda.
Moving the food forest tractor with the PDC students on day 5 of the Permaculture Design Certificate course.
Huge yam harvest and cream separating demo during day 3 of the Permaculture Design Certificate course at Maungaraeeda.
Zaia and Tom prepare Jackfruit for freezing and Zaia makes green banana flour, a resistent starch, to use in baking for the upcoming PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) course.
An attempt to accelerate the soil building process for growing pumpkins.
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, …
Harvesting and processing Yacon to make a delicious and sweet Yacon syrup!
Harvesting of home grown produce is very gratifying.
Mandarins and choko chips.
Zaia and Marlon play marimbas at the Maleny Wood Expo and make homemade icecream from our cows' luscious cream...
Tom Kendall harvests 75 kilos of chokos and Zaia Kendall makes them into choko chips at Maungaraeeda, Tom and Zaia's permaculture farm in the Noosa Hinterland, Queensland, Australia.