Zaia Kendall

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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 been researching and studying 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 also an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs occasional percussion workshops.

Visit Zaia’s website at DIY Food and Health.

CelebrATE!

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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 […]

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Maungaraeeda Farm

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This short video shows what we are trying to achieve here at Maungaraeeda, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. We are on the road to self-sufficiency, not there yet by any means, but we are currently producing around 90% of our food needs and 100% of our cooking energy needs. In this video we talk a bit about our routine in the morning with our animals and […]

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Centralisation and our Fossil Fuel Future

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Globalisation seems to mean centralisation, which means that people are expected to travel more and greater distances as the world becomes “smaller”. Today I had to travel to Sydney in order to get my (Dutch) passport renewed. Up to now I have always been able to do it in Brisbane, so imagine my shock when I was told that now Dutch passports can only be renewed in Sydney. Australia is a […]

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Early Morning Cow Routines

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Every morning the first thing we do is look after our animals. The cow routines are particularly involved. The cows stay in the cattle yard overnight, and in the morning their manure is collected for the biodigester (to make biogas). It is shovelled into several buckets, to make up the 30kg we need every day. The cows are then fed and the milkers are milked. After eating and being milked, […]

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Why We Do Things The “Hard Way”

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During the past year or so I have frequently wondered why we do things the hard way. Surely it is a lot easier to get a 9-5 job, drive a nice car, have a nice house, buy all our food and just live a “normal” life? Okay, so that would most likely mean mortgage, car loan, and credit cards but everyone else does it, why not us? It is an attractive proposition for someone struggling to make ends meet whilst living the Permaculture Dream.

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Cattle and Water Use

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For years now I have been seeing posts and hearing comments from students about the enormous amount of (drinking) water used by cattle. Studies propose that it takes 12,000 gallons to produce 1 pound of beef (or 100,000 liters to produce 1 kilogram, see this article). These studies however are based on cattle consuming hay and grain. Do cattle consume hay or grain in their natural environment? No. It is […]

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Life Lessons Learned From Permaculture

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I am an impatient and organised (to the point of ocd) woman. I write lists for almost everything, have a “to do” list on my device with reminders set and try to get things done yesterday instead of today or tomorrow. As you can understand, this way of life actually puts me under a lot of (self inflicted) stress. Stress takes an enormous toll on the body and manifests itself […]

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Closed Cycle Permaculture Systems

PRI Practical Diploma student Roman Eisenkoelbl talks about his diploma experience and some of the closed cycle systems at PRI Sunshine Coast. Video filmed and edited by Pier Galetti, volunteer at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast. http://www.permaculturesunshinecoast.org

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What happens in a PRI Sunshine Coast PDC course?

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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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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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