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Tagged: Soil

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Permaculture: a holistic approach to life

When we tell people we practise permaculture, we usually get some questions. The interesting thing is the type of questions we are asked. Usually the person asking us has a plant or tree that has some sort of disease and we are asked what they can do about it. It is interesting how we are all so indoctrinated into thinking that someone who works with nature, plants and animals should just know how to treat something that is diseased without doing any further research or knowing the circumstances…

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CelebrATE!

Tom and I are excited to open our gates to people for CelebrATE! on Labour Day weekend, and to showcase our permaculture property which is currently providing us with around 90% of our food, 100% of our cooking energy needs and most of our animal feed.
The not for profit Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. (www.permaculturesunshinecoast.org) is organising CelebrATE!, a two day celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food on our Permaculture Demonstration and Education site “Maungaraeeda” (Place of Food) in the Noosa Hinterland town of Kin Kin on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

The dairy cows in the cattle yard at Maungaraeeda, PRI Sunshine Coast 2

Early morning cow routines

The early morning cow routines at Maungaraeeda, home of Tom and Zaia Kendall and the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast are very satisfying, both due to the connections between people and cows and for the end products.

Garden harvest on our permaculture property on the Sunshine Coast 6

Why we do things the “hard way”

Why do we live the hard way, shovelling shit day in day out, putting up with animals dying despite looking after them well, losing crops due to erratic weather, living in an unfinished house and a multitude of other issues? We do it because we believe.

Tom Kendall cell grazes at Maungaraeeda. 3

Cattle and water use

Zaia supports pasture fed beef growing as a more humane and environmentally friendly method than other “industrial” methods, and refutes the notion that beef production needs to use an excess of water.