Tom is a permaculture farmer with a lifelong broad acre agricultural background. He is co-founder of the PRI Sunshine Coast Inc and PRI Luganville, Vanuatu and runs PDC and Practical Life Skills training courses on his Permaculture Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda”. Tom has co-taught PDC courses with Geoff Lawton and has taught Permaculture courses in Australia and overseas. He is part of Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Sustainable Consulting team and does regular personal consultations in Australia and overseas. He has extensive experience in tropical, sub tropical and dry land climates and has the ability to read large scale as well as smaller scale landscapes. With his farming background, Tom is a very hands on and practical man and is solution focused. He has extensive travel experience, integrates easily with local cultures and people and enjoys studying landscapes, buildings and the effects of climate on structures, flora and fauna.
In his workshops at CelebrATE he will show his practical approach to Food Forestry and Composting, both being long term projects that have substantially improved the quality of the soil here at Maungaraeeda.
Sunday and Monday
Jason’s passion is designing Permaculture properties from unit patios and suburban house lots to acreage. He has a solid background in horticulture, running his own landscaping business for many years. After doing his Permaculture Design Certificate at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. he embraced permaculture and now does regular consultations, designs and maintenance for small and larger properties. His passion is bringing Permaculture to smaller spaces and his background is growing plants from seed. Over the CelebrATE weekend he will share his knowledge on both with you.
Sunday and Monday
Amanda has extensive experience looking after chickens as she bred different breeds for several years. She now focuses primarily on providing housing for chickens in the form of domes which will be on display on site.
In the workshop she will discuss and show the following:
– Chickens’ role in a permaculture system (role, benefits, breeds)
– Creating rotational chicken cells, fixed and mobile. What are they for and how do they function?
– Fermenting food for chickens, what is it? How to do it? Benefits to chickens.
– Permaculture plants that provide food for chickens.
– Homegrown protein sources.
Linsey has a reputation for making and playing instruments made from rubber gloves, carrots, watering cans, chairs, brooms, bins, and other found objects. He has worked as a musical instrument maker for over 30 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe (having studied Macedonian bagpipes in Macedonia). He has specialised in designing and making marimbas and other tuned percussion. His ongoing obsession combines much of this: Making music more accessible to the Community through musical instrument making and playing workshops.
Jodie is a qualified chef, who has worked in Noosa’s food industry for more than 25 years. Jodie’s love of the country, animals and cooking has led her to Kin Kin. Mayan Farm allows her the opportunity to produce culinary delights – from paddock to plate.
Jodie’s Black Ant Gourmet range of dips and condiments use as many locally grow ingredients as possible. Black Ant Gourmet uses Mayan Farm’s own grown free range beef, duck, chicken and pork in their catering business. She has given new life to the bones of the original Kin Kin General Store with clever design to keep in with Kin Kin’s country theme and never-less-than-extraordinary food. It’s a hive of creative expression with all food being free range and no spray as well as organic coffee. Jodie’s catering business Black Ant Gourmet will provide all the food for CelebrATE!
In her workshops, Jodie will demonstrate how to make sauerkraut, chutneys and jams in her workshops. Her products will also be available for sale over the two days.
Zaia grew up in a family of musicians in Holland, and has a background in top sport and web development and design. She co-founded the PRI Luganville and PRI Sunshine Coast Inc with Tom, and runs all the background stuff, like finances, business administration, website design and maintenance, writes articles, records and edits videos and also organises the cooking and the kitchen on site. She has researched and studied nutrition and health for 20+ years, has a certificate in Nutrition and continues to study by research, reading and daily observation. She is a certified member of the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and is a holistic food, health and lifestyle coach. She is an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs occasional percussion workshops. She was the percussion leader for the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra in 2015 and 2016 and composes as well as plays music. She has been part of the Unusual Suspects (performing Sunday night at CelebrATE!) since its’ inception and has been playing music in odd rhythms for over a decade.