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
We would like to thank everyone for their support during the past few years. In the new year we hope to continue to offer Permaculture and Self Reliance courses to people all over the world, and to meet more wonderful volunteers who are just as keen to learn!
We have been very blessed in 2013 with many wonderful students and volunteers and we look forward to meeting many more in 2014! Our office is now closed until Monday 6th January 2014. We still take course bookings and respond to enquiries during this time, please book through this website or by emailing your booking or enquiry to info [at] permaculturesunshinecoast.org (replace [at] with @ in the email address).
We wish everyone a peaceful, joyful and happy Christmas with family and friends, and a wonderful, fruitful and bountiful 2014!
See you again in 2014!
Tom and Zaia
©2013 Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast - Christmas and new years wishes
©2013 Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast - Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute shows the old well on “Maungaraeeda” Permaculture Demonstration site, and discusses plans to revamp and re-use.
©2013 Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast - Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute talks about how he has managed and plans to manage his goats.