Flooding events are becoming more frequent

Onwards in 2014

As reports come in about record cold weather in the USA and Australia just experienced record heat in our state of Queensland, where apparently native bees have died and bats and flying foxes have fallen from the sky due to heatstroke, we at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast are preparing for another busy year educating people to prepare for what may be coming.  Continue reading

The new Permaculture swale finished

Increased Water Management by adding a Permaculture Swale

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

Kitchen garden in winter flush

Maungaraeeda Permaculture Demonstration site: property update

With Tom away teaching a PDC in Vanuatu, lots of jobs are being industriously done by our wwoofers and volunteers. We have made a rocket stove for the chill space to be warm in winter, the food forest had a small “chop and drop” done, and twice a week we make cream. We get around 2 litres of cream a week, one litre we make butter with, the other litre we enjoy with various yummy dishes! I have taken some pictures to show some of the jobs done here on site, and also how lovely everything is starting to look this time of year, with the winter flush starting!  Continue reading