When we mentioned to one of our interns that there is no work to be done on a Saturday on our property, she was amazed. She proceeded to say that she never had a day when she just did not do anything. She was always busy. In this incredibly busy world of today, it is extremely important to give yourself one day a week, where you just relax. To re-energise yourself and your bond with your family and to revitalise for the week ahead. Continue reading →
Once again, the chokos kept piling up on our harvest table. A big bowl of chillies was harvested as well. What to do? ChilliChoko sauce of course…
One of the most important things in the permaculture world is community and networking. This is so much easier achieved by creating, or becoming a member of, a local permaculture group.
We are lucky enough to be situated right in between 2 local permaculture groups: Permaculture Gympie and Permaculture Noosa . They each meet once a month and always have guest speakers with interesting subjects to share, and / or interesting and relevant movies to watch, like “Gasland”. Growing tips, nutritional guidance, beekeeping, transition towns and many more subjects are touched upon by guest speakers every month.
This incredible vine has come into abundance! Beautiful, large and heavy chokos are picked off our vine which drapes over our water tank. Chokos are on Isabell Shipard’s list of survival foods, they can be eaten raw, steamed, roasted, pickled and fried. Whenever you need some filler, add some choko (instead of potato and other starchy vegetables). It is a low carbohydrate and reasonably low calorie vegetable and very versatile. And, once the vine is growing, it produces abundantly. But what to do with so much choko abundance? We have resorted to using choko in our breakfast. The recipe below will show how. This recipe can also be used as a pie filling. Continue reading →
For people who are aware of the need for change in the world, the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast is an educational facility that encourages change to a sustainable, self reliant and abundant lifestyle to benefit self, others and the earth. PRI-SC’s Permaculture Design Certificate combines Bill Mollison’s and Geoff Lawton’s teachings with Tom Kendall’s lifelong agricultural and self reliance experience, without any spiritual connotations.
Tom Kendall grew up and worked on his parents’ farm in Western Australia and took on the farm in 1992 when his father retired. He downsized the 11,000 acre farm to 7,000 acres and converted to Biodynamics. The farm produced wheat and barley and ran cattle and sheep. In 2000 he sold the farm and moved to the Sunshine Coast. In 2005 he and his partner Zaia found their ideal property in Kin Kin, Noosa Hinterland. Tom had by then become interested in Permaculture, and started converting the property into a Permaculture site. Continue reading →