©2013 Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast - Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute shows the old well on “Maungaraeeda” Permaculture Demonstration site, and discusses plans to revamp and re-use.
A few hundred ml of rain in a short time is not unusual here on the Sunshine Coast, and extreme rain events are more and more common. Tom had noticed in past heavy downpours, that our existing top swale was almost breaching. The task of this top swale is to catch, hold and distribute water from upper parts of our property, as well as functioning as a dam overflow. He decided that we would need another swale to share the load of the existing one, and the best location for this would be on the opposite side of the dam. Continue reading
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. Continue reading