Tom Kendall

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Tom Kendall 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”. He is part of the Permaculture Sustainable Consulting team and does regular personal consultations. 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.

Compost Worm Experiment

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Every three weeks we have access to 80 to 100 kg of insect castings. These castings are from Meal worms, Cockroaches and Crickets. The waste is manure and leftover feed which is pollard and similar products. We use the waste in different ways and as the material is very high in nitrogen there is a need to consider the best way to approach the management processes. Usually I have been […]

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Food Forest “Chop and Drop”

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Even though I would like to see more rain the “wet season” is here. This means that rainfall is higher than evaporation so it is time to “chop and drop”. This saying is a permaculture saying meaning that we cut back our support species and drop them on the ground to accelerate the natural forest floor buildup and to cycle the nutrients and carbon.The first photo is a “before” shot […]

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Planting Ginger Polyculture at Maungaraeeda Farm

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By Michael Brahier, practical student at PRI Sunshine Coast. One of the projects that we have been working on the first couple weeks of the Permaculture Life Skills course is making raised beds to plant ginger polycultures. Ginger grows very well in this part of Queensland and is a commodity crop processed by a nearby factory. The other farms in the area tend to grow it as a monoculture which […]

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Going Beyond Permaculture

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permaculturesunshinecoast.org site is expanding to a Do It Yourself Food and Health Hub. We were told several times that what we do here goes “beyond permaculture” and that we do not market what we do well enough. We have attempted to achieve that with this new “hub” of websites. To give you an idea of what we offer here, I will try to encapsulate it in this article. Some things […]

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As without, so within

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As above, so below… Ancient wisdom has never been more correct than today. Rather than looking at it from a spiritual perspective, this article will look at it from a physical and environmental perspective. Since the industrial revolution began, mankind have had an enormous impact on the environment, more than ever before. As we increasingly hurt the environment, we are increasingly hurting ourselves. Over the last few decades, as use […]

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course with Tom Kendall at PRI Sunshine Coast

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Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, with Tom Kendall at PRI Sunshine Coast, Australia If you are looking for better health, more knowledge, tools for a better, more sustainable lifestyle and a nurturing community experience, the Permaculture Design Certificate course at PRI Sunshine Coast delivers! Tom Kendall’s passion for sustainable living, self-reliance and empowering people nourishes the mind while Zaia Kendall’s passion for food, health and nutrition nourishes the body. Living […]

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Stationary Chook Tractor

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Volunteers and students, together with Tom Kendall, have constructed a stationary chook tractor to enable chickens to prepare their own patch for planting and eating… At “Maungaraeeda”, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast. There are four cells in this set-up, with it focussed on a time structure.

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PRI Luganville, Updated Stage 1 of Setting up the Site

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Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast talks about and shows the site of the new Permaculture Research Institute Luganville, Vanuatu. The site is surveyed by Tom, Dani, Anne and Meriem and they are determining the location of the first swale, the house and gardens. Follow us on www.permacultureluganville.org. Inaugural PDC course 30 May – 17 June 2016, 12 day PDC course with 3 days practical integration. Every […]

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PRI Luganville, Set Up Stage 1

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Tom and Zaia Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast join Daniele Bettini, Anne Blanc and Meriem Kadiri to set up the Permaculture Research Institute Luganville in Vanuatu. The Permaculture Research Institute Luganville volunteers, with Aunty Lyn Tom and I arrived in Port Vila Sunday afternoon and went to our accommodation. We settled in and got prepared for the next day. On Monday morning we went to the Financial Services Commission in […]

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The Importance of a Defined Edge

For an inspirational Friday watch here is Tom Kendall, from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast, talking about the importance of a defined edge in a Permaculture system. Video by Pier Galetti, music by Zaia Kendall. To read and watch more from Tom, please see his author profile here. To read more about “a defined edge in a Permaculture system”: Soil Creation on the Edge! www.permaculturenews.org/forums/showthread.php?6371-The-concept-of-quot-The-Edge-quot-in-permaculture

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Video: A Permaculture Niche

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast talks about planting into an existing zone in a rainforest environment on his Permaculture Demonstration Site Maungaraeeda. Tom runs Permaculture Design Certificate and 8 week Practical courses as well as Certificate and Diploma courses in Kin Kin in the Noosa Hinterland on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. He and his wife Zaia are also in the process of setting up the […]

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