Best wishes!!

We wish you all a wonderful festive season!

Best wishes!!

Best wishes!!

The Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast will be closed from Wednesday 19 December until Thursday 3 January. Please email us on info [at] permaculture sunshinecoast.org for enquiries or bookings during this time.

Our New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to share our Permaculture Demonstration site with as many people who want to learn as possible. To share our knowledge and to provide people with solutions rather than problems. To embrace and respect people’s differences, and to work with them to find their talents and passions. To grow more food and to cook and prepare more food from the garden for the students on the property. To enjoy and be thankful for every minute of life given to us. To surround ourselves with music, joy and happiness.

We wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic 2013!

And a rub

A day in the life of Tom Kendall

Feeding the chooks and collecting eggs first thing in the morning.

Feeding the chooks and collecting eggs first thing in the morning.

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 tells the story, with captions under each photo. Click on a photo to display in large size and scroll through. Continue reading

Northey Street City Farm Brisbane – Farm Manager position

Northey Street City Farm….. a place for learning about living sustainably in the city

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Position: Farming Manager
Hours: 24 hours per week
Pay rate: NSCF Award Agreement Manager Level, $24.80 per hour excluding entitlements
Contract Position: Permanent part time
Responsible to: Management Committee

Person
The Farming Manager should have a proven strong background in practical Permaculture and organic fruit and vegetable farming (sub tropics), preferably having previously managed a team of people to develop a commercial market garden or orchards. They should have demonstrable experience in both managing day-to-day farm operations as well as driving medium-term strategic and commercial directions.   Continue reading

Put your questions to the experts

English: Geoff Lawton headshot

English: Geoff Lawton headshot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Permaculture Research Institute Australia has put together a question and answer forum and video, in which experts answer questions put to them by forum members. Find out more here: http://permaculturenews.org/2012/11/28/put-your-questions-to-the-experts-round-1-geoff-lawton/ for round 1 and here: http://permaculturenews.org/2012/12/05/put-your-questions-to-the-experts-round-2-geoff-lawton/ for round 2. Geoff Lawton from PRI Australia will be answering the questions for these rounds. There are links to the forums where you can ask your own questions for round 3!

Our night time pest controller

Natural pest control

Our night time pest controller

Our night time pest controller

Tom and I were absolutely stumped when we saw an ad on tv (we were away, we do not have television at home, so we are a bit out of touch in regards to commercial tv…). The ad was promoting a little gadget you put in a power point, which then regularly sprays “smell free” pesticide into your house. We were gobsmacked!  Continue reading