The early morning cow routines at Maungaraeeda, home of Tom and Zaia Kendall and the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast are very satisfying, both due to the connections between people and cows and for the end products.
In part 3 of this series, snippets from Tom’s talk at WED (World Environment Day) Tom discusses how to take positive action to stop practices like fracking, community interaction and interaction with other species and sharing of harvest.
Why do we live the hard way, shovelling shit day in day out, putting up with animals dying despite looking after them well, losing crops due to erratic weather, living in an unfinished house and a multitude of other issues? We do it because we believe.
More snippets from Tom Kendall’s talk on What is Permaculture at WED (World Environment Day) 2016. For courses or more information on Tom Kendall and what he does, please visit http://www.diyfoodandhealth.com
Zaia supports pasture fed beef growing as a more humane and environmentally friendly method than other “industrial” methods, and refutes the notion that beef production needs to use an excess of water.
“I would recommend Tom Kendall’s PDC to anyone looking to learn or become part of the Permaculture Community. I really enjoyed the course. It was also an excellent opportunity to learn from someone who has always worked with the land and who has spent a long time developing that relationship into what it is now. I learned a great deal about the agricultural systems from a practical and solutions based perspective. And yes, they are lovely people too.
It means a lot to me that they offered the course as pay-as-you-can and as self catered. I am in the position where I can only find sporadic work and rather than waste my time feeling stuck I was able to learn and find new opportunities with this course. The sense of community it gives was also really important to me and I am great full to them for being generous with their time. It is something that will give more value as time goes on and I hope to return this fully when I’m able. ” Marni, PDC 02/2020
“ Unlike all the other students I had no previous knowledge in permaculture and it far exceeded my expectations. I was happy to see the ethics related to this topic were one of your criteria. I would highly recommend this course and have done so already multiple times and will continue to refer people to you in all my travels
To be able to do the course by donation has meant to me that I’ve been able to upskill myself for an affordable amount in a time of current unemployment.
It also meant I could please my curiosity on this topic and dip my toes in the water with the little knowledge I had in this field where as a full price course would have not lead me down this path. I thank you both so kindly for your contribution in getting this knowledge out there in our current global situation.” Todd Dent, PDC 02/2020