First, my sincere apologies for not being more regular with posting updates this year. Things have gotten really busy at PRI Sunshine Coast, so it has been hard to find the time. Tom and I are currently at Zaytuna farm, where Tom is co-teaching a Permaculture Design Certificate with Geoff Lawton, I am now sitting in the sun after a very cold night in our camper, and have some time to write an update. Continue reading
As permaculturists, we know the value of diversity and the detrimental effect monoculture crops have on the environment. In my research into diet due to a health issue I had, I came across information which shows that monoculture crops also have a detrimental effect on our health*¹. Continue reading
We currently have 2 Jersey cows in milk, having had their beautiful babies not so long ago. As breastfeeding mums can attest, the more the babies feed the more the mums produce, which is a wonderful natural system. We milk our cows 4 times a week and which gives us around 50 litres of milk and the cows still have plenty of milk left for their babies. We stagger the milking: 2 days at the beginning of the week, 2 days towards the middle/end of the week. Per 2 days we get around 25 litres of milk. On the second milking day, we combine the 2 days of milk and put it through a cream separator. Continue reading
It came to my attention recently that a lot of people do not understand the importance of healthy soil. People are very concerned about pests and disease in their garden. Slugs, caterpillars, moths and numerous other critters that seem to make a scrumptious meal out of the fruits and vegetables so lovingly tended in backyards. Molds and fungus that inexplicably appear on otherwise healthy looking plants. Continue reading
It is with great pleasure that we announce our internship curriculum! We feel that we have included the most important subjects that people need to know in order to start living sustainably and more self reliant. We are very excited about having two wonderful teachers coming to teach two of our specialist courses, these courses are also accessible for non-interns. Interns will need a PDC to do the internship, people just attending our specialist courses do not need to have a PDC.