Zaia Kendall

What happens in a PRI Sunshine Coast PDC course?

An overview of what we do during our Permaculture Design Certificate course here at PRI “Maungaraeeda”, Sunshine Coast. On the 26th of January we started another Permaculture Design Certificate course here at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast. This article is to give you more of an idea how our PDC is run and what we do. We ask all students to arrive the afternoon before the start of the […]

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Permaculture Certificate and Diploma Courses at PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia)

The PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia) will be running Permaculture Certificate and Diploma courses. These career courses are not government accredited, but are fully sponsored by PRI Maungaraeeda. In 2015 we will start our inaugural Certificate and Diploma courses. These courses are: The Certificate of Permaculture Farm Leading Hand The Diploma of Permaculture Demonstration, Teaching and Consulting. These are targeted career courses, only for people who wish to make […]

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Permaculture in Vanuatu

by Zaia Kendall, PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast, Australia We hope to help the Ni-Vanuatu people restore their soil and improve the diversity of their gardens and their diet through permaculture We recently went to Vanuatu on a sponsored trip to initiate a long term permaculture project there. We were invited to come to Vanuatu in August, to go to two small villages and conduct workshops, do a consult on a […]

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The Benefits of Being a PRI Master Plan Site

by Zaia Kendall We just finished another PDC here at PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia). Everyone was very happy with the course, the food, the people and the experience! (See student feedback page.) We had a big surprise for the students in our course, when Geoff Lawton came here and taught the first two days. Geoff, Nadia and the gorgeous Latifah kindly came to Maungaraeeda to lend their support […]

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Preparing for What’s to Come – Onwards in 2014 (Qld, Australia)

The PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast, is preparing for what may come and showing others how to prepare. As reports come in about record cold weather in the USA and as we just experienced record heat in our state of Queensland, Australia, and other states are seeing likewise, where apparently native bees have died and bats and flying foxes have fallen from the sky due to heatstroke, we at the PRI […]

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August 2013 Update for PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast

by Zaia Kendall The Earthworks course initiated the first week of August. As we were not undertaking a major Earthworks project on the property, everyone had a look at works already done on the property and a dam being dug elsewhere. Contour and surveying was taught and some practical experience had. The plants planted on the new swale were also looked at, and Tom explained the multiple purposes of the […]

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Problem: Pollution — Solution: Biogas

In this polluted world there is good news. We can create energy from some of our waste! by Zaia Kendall, PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast Creating the biogas biodigester dome in our May 2013 Biodigester Course Debates about CSG (Coal Seam Gas) mining (otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’) are ongoing. There is also talk about highly contaminated human manure polluting water with oestrogens, prozac and other hormones, drugs and […]

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May update for PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast

An overview of the happenings and projects at our Sunshine Coast demonstration site. by Zaia Kendall The Vanuatu PDC students gathered around their 18 day hot compost Tom was asked to teach a PDC for ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) in Vanuatu in May, which was a fantastic experience for him. He taught a class of 10 students — all local people that took their newly acquired knowledge back […]

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PRI Sunshine Coast – Biogas Project Update, March 2013

On the 18th of March we started our biogas project. This project involves making a bio-digester which will turn manure into methane gas for cooking and other energy needs. An update on a previous post, by Zaia Kendall Outline of the bio-digester Tom had to re-do some fencing and clear the site for the bio-digester. He calculated that with the amount of manure we are getting (around 30kg per day), […]

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Biogas Project at PRI Sunshine Coast

For some years now we have been looking at minimising our energy consumption, and at alternative forms of energy creation in order to produce the energy we need. As we have animal systems in place here at PRI Sunshine Coast, we have a fair bit of manure on the property. As well as animal manure, we also have waterless (composting) toilets, so humanure is another resource on our property waiting […]

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