Permaculture Noosa
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Permaculture Noosa

This Month’s Meeting




When:             Thursday 19 May 2016

Time:              7pm for 7.30pm – 9pm

Where:           Cooroy State Primary School Hall, 59 Elm Street, Cooroy

Permaculture project in Vanuatu

Daniele Bettini, who attained his PDC at PRI Sunshine Coast with Tom Kendall in 2013, has been instrumental in managing a new project in Vanuatu using his knowledge and skills. He will be giving us a short presentation on the developments of the project. “Kastom Permaculture is a self-help aid project meaning a project which supports, sustains the local knowledge through the visitors’ knowledge. The community has a key role: the proposed activities are combinations between the needs of the beneficiaries and the problems observed by the visitor. ”


Vanuatu Agriculture Research and Training Centre (VARTC) is supporting the chief of the community there providing materials and other needs. Sufficient funds have already been raised so no further financial support is required. Danny will show how the funds have been used. As it is a remote location, there are few people (even locals) willing to live in the bush! There is opportunity for other permaculturists willing to continue the permaculture teachings there.

Care Farming and how to distribute the Abundance

How to grow vegetables in healthy soil to consume and share.

Presenter: Elaine Bradley (Mary Valley Country Harvest Coop)

Elaine was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to visit the US to see how small farmers worked together and collaborated. With ideas she gained Elaine has been instrumental in supporting and inspiring local growers to network and work together. She is currently an active director of Mary Valley Country Harvest Coop and assists local farmers to distribute local produce through Dagun Market and a food box distribution system.

Elaine has practical knowledge and experience in growing healthy vegetables through caring for the land and maintaining healthy soil on her own farm. She will also describe the Cooperative’s quality-assurance program called ‘CareFarmed’ that is designed to encourage growers to use sustainable practices, and give consumers confidence that they are getting healthy produce.

PCN is grateful to have Elaine share her time and knowledge at our next meeting on Thursday 19 May 2016.

This is the 3rd presentation in the four month Permaculture Noosa (PCN) series on:

Healthy soil and the critical impact on the health of the species it supports.

  1. plants, livestock and ultimately humans.

With past farming practices having left a legacy of degraded soils as well as the Australian soils being poor to begin with, a lot of work needs to be done to repair and rebuild our soils. Through the knowledge and tools we have through permaculture, we are able to control what we do to and for the soil.


The presenters and discussions at the meetings are considering the role of healthy soil, the impact of good practice on the wider community and the opportunities for each of us to contribute and be rewarded for our efforts.


Of the four sessions we have looked at:

  • Local sustainable farming practices using livestock and plants, Phil Stringer in March
  • How to protect our food supply through seed preservation, Robyn Harrison in April


Still to come:

  • Care Farming and How to Distribute the Abundance, Elaine Bradley 19 May, 2016
  • The potential of the Noosa region/hinterland, Dick Barnes 16 June 2016


Permaculture Noosa monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Arrive at 7pm for a market place where we share surplus home grown produce and plants by giving, exchanging or selling. Entry is a gold coin donation for non-members. The meeting begins at 7.30pm and the night is complete with a “bring a plate” shared supper at 9pm. All welcome.