Category: Demonstration Sites

Final Day ! – Help us Set Up PRI Luganville, Vanuatu

We are nearing the deadline of our Vanuatu fundraiser (less than one day!) and to give things a boost we decided to auction 3 PDC courses on Ebay! The courses will be taught by Tom Kendall of PRI Sunshine Coast, in Luganville, Vanuatu in 2016 and bidding starts at $750, or Buy It Now is $1500! We are very close to the target and need your help! That is well […]

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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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Eagle’s Deep Permaculture Farm Update

One of Bill Mollison’s famous quote’s is, let your site demonstrate its evolution. Earthworks hydrology construction is one of the first big steps in getting a property established and can be an invaluable investment into its future, so it is something you want to get right. Earthworks going wrong can be very expensive and a major setback for you and your property. We have had a bit over 12 months […]

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200m Swale System Planting Job – Noosa Area, Queensland, Australia

This march on a hot Saturday, I had the chance to plant a diversity of plants in 2 swales with a total length of 200 meters. The swale systems was implemented by Tom Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast together with an excavator driver and 3 practical training students at the property of Tom’s client near Noosa. Afterwards Jason Davis from Permaculture Noosa Group and myself planted together 54 different species […]

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Kiswahili Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

(*scholarships are available through application for East African based participants, as well as group discounts) Arusha, Tanzania, June 22nd to July 3rd, 2015 This PDC will be presented in Swahili Foodwater shelter and the Kenyan Permaculture Research Institute (PRI Kenya) are pleased to offer Kiswahili speakers the opportunity to attend this Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course. foodwatershelter incorporated (fws) is a not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organisation that builds and runs eco-friendly […]

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A Permaculture Design Course Model with an Emphasis on Hands-On Experience and Mentoring

By Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture and Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery Different models for creatively delivering the standard 72 hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) curriculum have surfaced over the years to better equip the student for the life long learning journey that permaculture inspires and demands. I have always wanted to move toward a longer term, hands on mentoring PDC where students are immersed in a thriving farm […]

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Leader Follower Grazing System

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A multi-species, leader follower grazing system has recently been implemented here at the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI). Multi-species grazing has been shown to improve pasture quality, control weed growth, and enhance pasture utilization (getting the most out of every blade of grass). All of these are achieved while increasing the carrying capacity, enabling more animals to thrive off the same plot of land, continuing the cycle of land restoration. This […]

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PDC students at PRI Sunshine Coast

A student at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast tell of their experiences during the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course.

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Supporting SOILS on International Permaculture Day with Geoff Lawton

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Geoff Lawton talks “What you can do with Soil in a Desert“, supporting the Soil theme on this upcoming International Permaculture Day from The Greening the Desert Sequel Site in the Jordan Valley (PRI Jordan). Join us worldwide on Sunday 3rd May for International Permaculture Day: In Support of Soil!

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BioDigester Wrap Up and Making Thatch

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast shows the end result of the Bio Digester setup: the gas. He also talks about and shows making thatch for a roof from vetiver grass.

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Playing with Cow Poo – Bio Digester Routines Part 4

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast describes the process after the cow manure goes through the biodigester. The biodigester compost pits and reed bed are shown and how he generates soil fertility through the cycling process is discussed.

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Organic Cattle and Grass Farming in Costa Rica

Finca Quijote is located in one of the wettest places on earth. We get 6 meters of rainfall per year on average. Our elevation is 800 meters above sea level to 1100 meters on the highest “cero” or mountain top. The 517 hectares of Quijote consists mostly of forest, some pristine old growth in the mountains, secondary forest where logging occurred years ago and some open land near the rivers […]

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