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
By Leanne Ejack
Student PDC Jan/Feb 2014 at PRI Sunshine Coast
I was bred, born and raised in the Western Canadian prairies surrounded by massive cattle feedlots and kilometre-long stretches of monoculture grain crops. I always enjoyed the farming lifestyle, but I knew as a young teenager that the farming practices that I was surrounded by were inflicting long-term harm to the soil and environment. Spending a year after university working for a large agricultural company opened my eyes even further to how these large companies have spent years manipulating farmers into complete dependency upon their chemical inputs. Farmers are caught in a toxic and corrupt spiral of powerlessness. I was driven to start educating myself about a more sustainable way of food production that also placed the power back in the hands of farmers. I had heard about permaculture and,after researching it further, I knew I needed to become more immersed in it. Continue reading
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
Please have a look at this article written by one of the students in our last PDC course, which ran from 23 June to 5 July. Here is an excerpt:
” I just got back from doing a twelve-day Permaculture Design Certificate course in Kin Kin (on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa and Gympie) with Tom Kendall at Maungaraeeda, the permaculture centre that he and his wife Zaia run. Fantastic experience. After doing some research on available PDC courses (see below), I went to Maungaraeeda with high expectations – and they were exceeded. Tom is a wonderful teacher, very warm, very knowledgeable, and very committed to ensuring his students get the most out of the course.” You can read the remainder of the article here: http://lockyervalley.org/2013/07/10/permaculture-design-certificate/.
Tom has come back from Vanuatu with lots of photos and stories to tell! He taught a class of 10 local students, who took the Permaculture Design information back to their villages and projects, to put it into place there. Reports have come back from Vanuatu since the course, that most students are doing great and have started to implement their Permaculture knowledge!