Looking for the next thrill: adrenaline seeking behaviour and the demise of farming

Zaia Kendall

Zaia grew up in a family of musicians in Holland, and has a background in top sport (snow skiing) and web development and design. She co-founded the PRI Luganville and PRI Sunshine Coast Inc (now PermEco Inc.) with Tom, and runs the “invisible structures”, 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 assists Tom in running the Kendall Permaculture Farm and supervising other volunteers. She also specialises in consulting and advice for smaller scale properties (up to 5 acres). She has researched and studied nutrition and health for 20+ years, has a certificate in Nutrition and continues to study by research, reading and daily observation. She is an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs percussion and marimba workshops, is the percussion leader for the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra and composes as well as plays music. She is passionate about community music and loves seeing people discover that they can play!

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5 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    Farmers are seen as upper middle class in Britain – probably because they own land. Their livelihood has been destroyed for various reasons and that would certainly put a lot of people off.

    I’m horrified that so many of the boys in your son’s class wanted to be soldiers. How old were these boys? I wonder if the boys in my daughter’s class would say the same?

  2. Pauline says:

    Well said, Zaia. ❤️

  3. Clare Cavanagh says:

    Beautifully written article. I raised my son (17) without TV or video games but he still wants to be a tech-head. I keep telling him I don’t want him to live in a box! Yesterday while coding on his laptop he asked if we could go to the community garden. He knows Earthing makes him feel happy. I still have hope that he will become a farmer. I tell him it is the most distinguished position. Farmers ought to be celebrated!

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