Why Permaculture?

Maungaraeeda Farm

This short video shows what we are trying to achieve here at Maungaraeeda, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. We are on the road to self-sufficiency, not there yet by any means, but we are currently producing around 90% of our food needs and 100% of our cooking energy needs. In this video we talk a bit about our routine in the morning with our animals and about what drives us to live the way we live.

We have been drought and heat wave stricken here in Kin Kin, and we have discovered that our property is becoming more and more resilient to these consequences of climate change, due to good permaculture design and implementation. We use plants and animals to improve the soil and its water retaining capacity. It is a lot of hard work every day, but very fulfilling, especially as this allows us to be able to eat from our property all year round. We preserve a fair bit of food as well at the moment as we are producing more than we can consume and we supply some produce to local shops.

We will be running an event here at Maungaraeeda over Labour day weekend (from 29 April to 1 May) to celebrate Permaculture, Music and Food. We will be running 7 workshops, a Permaculture Systems tour, a music jam and performances of 3 fantastic bands over the weekend. We have a group of amazing presenters here with much to share.
We wanted to do something which expresses our gratitude to Bill Mollison around the time of his birthday, as we owe so much to Bill. We would like to celebrate his life and his gift of Permaculture with this event, CelebrATE! For more information on CelebrATE! please go to https://permaculturesunshinecoast.org/#post-235.

For articles on the goings on at Maungaraeeda Farm, please visit kendallpermaculture.com.

Or for a wealth of great material, please head over to Toms and Zaias’ website kendallpermaculture.com

Or to Toms and Zaias’ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/permaculturesunshinecoast

Zaia Kendall

Zaia grew up in a family of musicians in Holland, and has a background in top sport and web development and design. She co-founded the PRI Luganville and PRI Sunshine Coast Inc with Tom, and runs all the background stuff, 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 been researching and studying 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 food, health and lifestyle coach. She is also an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs occasional percussion workshops. Visit Zaia's website at DIY Food and Health.

One Comment

  1. We are still trying to get our soils productive up here at our 22 acres of paradise here at Peachester and developing compost piles and get a chicken tractor and worm farms made up, fodder grow room for the animals during winter etc. We have native bees, cows and sheep, 600 square meter vege patch developing, food forest, herb garden and an orchard and remnant rainforest with London Creek running through it. Sorry we missed your party on 4th January with the Formidable Vegetable, but I was still pulling down at Woodfordia. See you soon. Regards Grahame

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