Finished bench seat and outhouse doors

The compost toilet outhouse

We had several Nature Loo composting toilets around the property, which we either purchased second hand or were given. One toilet is at the teaching space and the other at the student “chill” space. We had to walk to either location from the house to go to the toilet. Last month Tom and one of the interns built us our outhouse, overlooking the Permaculture kitchen garden!  Continue reading

A dozen gluten free hazelnut muffins

Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut muffins

This is the favourite recipe of our long term volunteers here at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast. It is Gluten Free and uses no flour at all, and is a veritable taste sensation!

Add 3 1/2 cups of hazelnut meal, 1 Tbs baking powder and 1 1/2 Tbs cacao powder to a bowl and mix. In a blender blend 7 eggs and 3/4 cup rapadura sugar. In a double boiler melt a bar of your yummiest dark chocolate (optional). Mix the dry ingredients and the blended egg mixture, then add the optional melted chocolate if you so choose. Stir well.

Grease a 12 piece muffin tray well (I found coconut oil to work best to prevent sticking). Add a big spoonful of mix to the tray, filling each hole (don’t overfill). Bake in the oven on 160C until firm to touch. Best eaten warm, but will be eaten in any state….

Group photo of the PDC class 23 June

Permaculture Design Certificate at PRI Sunshine Coast

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/.

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