Eating for health and environment


Zaia is a musician, homesteader, permaculturist, holistic health and wellness coach and sustainability advocate. She and husband Tom run permaculture designed farm "Kendall Permaculture Farm" on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and the not for profit organisation PermEco Inc. and teach permaculture and self reliance. Zaia loves cooking and always comes up with new and different recipes to prepare the food she grows. She is a percussionist and is involved in various musical projects, including community music projects. She writes about life on the farm and tries to post regular photos and articles.

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  1. Kirsten Small says:

    I had a conversation with another permie about the range of diets out there that people argue back and forth about and he coined the term ‘permatarian’ to describe his diet. In season produce that he grows himself, mostly vegetarian except when there is a need to cull an animal on his property and then there’s meat on the table. Mostly fresh, but excess produce preserved using simple methods like fermentation. What those individual food items are will vary considerably depending on what you are able to grow well at your place. It sounds like a great way of living to me!

    • Zaia says:

      Indeed the way to go Kirsten! You will probably find that his diet will automatically be low in things like grains and legumes, as they are difficult to grow in substantial quantities when you grow diverse produce as is done in Permaculture…

  2. Maria says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience and what you have learned. You are a wonderful example of one who “walks the talk”.

  3. Hi! I’m Aimee one of the hosts of the Sunshine Coast Paleo/Primal/Real Food Meetup Group and just came across your blog post on Google. What a terrific story you have and good on you for sharing it!

    My partner Clint and I host the only paleo meetup group on the Coast, we’ve had it going for 1.5 yrs and this yr it’s just getting so big and interactive, it’s terrific. We’re currently working with lots of cafes in the area on getting their paleo menu options right, we’re organising talks and all sorts of awesome things you might find interesting.

    Clint’s also the only paleo-related fitness instructor on the Coast. We own Primal Influence which is ALL about the whole paleo and primal lifestyle. I’m an organic container gardener myself and would love to learn permaculture one day when we get a big place with a yard. We really believe in all aspects of the paleo life, not just the food side of things.

    We’re based on Facebook and have info on our website here http://www.primalinfluence.com/#!meet-up-group/c78k so feel free to have a look if you’re not already familiar with it.

    We have meetups once or twice a month, with lots of interaction on our Facebook Group page as well. This Saturday’s meetup is at Buddina Community Gardens for a look around then a BBQ. One of our members is a volunteer/events coordinator there. So it should be fun! Feel free to come along 🙂

    Anyway just wanted to let you know about us when I read this post. Thanks!

    • Zaia says:

      Hi Aimee,
      Thanks for your comment and for letting us know what you are doing on the coast. It sounds great! I would love to come to one of your meetings one day, when time allows… Hope to meet you some time in the future!

      • Hi Zaia, thanks for your reply! It’s always great to connect with more like-minded people 🙂

        Please feel free to join the Fb Group and Page so you can see when the meetups are, interact with members, learn, share etc etc.

        Clint and I would be happy to chat to you about ways we can possibly work together in the future too. Such as hosting meetups if you have a large garden, organising talks and presentations, cooking workshops, whatever your strengths are we’re very open to possible opportunities. So if you’d like to get together sometime for a cuppa and chat just let us know!


      • Zaia says:

        No worries Aimee, will do. I will contact you via email one day soon!

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