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Permaculture Noosa Monthly Meeting for 22nd June 2017
June 22 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PMgold coin donation for non-members
PCN Meeting 22 June 2017-06-16 – a Message from the President
Hello everyone. By now you will be aware that this month’s regular meeting has been changed to next week due to the school requiring our usual space. As its difficult to find a suitable alternative we thought it best to change the date so that the show can go on.
What a great show it will be this month too! There’s movement at the station and we’re getting closer to getting our hands into the soil at the Cooroy Community Gardens. The legals are in process and before you know it we’ll be playing and feasting together just like old times at the original gardens before the library was built.
I’m often challenging ‘Permis’ that I meet to show me a successful food producing Permaculture farm. I’ve also been looking high and low for one – and finally… I found one! We’re incredibly fortunate to have one of the most interesting and inspiring people you’re likely to meet coming along to our humble gathering to tell us all about his story and hopefully share some secrets with us.
Truly, Shane Joyce needs no introduction to those in the know but for the rest of us I’ll share a bit of what I know about him and his successes to whet your appetite. In 1974 Shane was a member of the Permaculture Nambour Group and was inspired by what he learnt there and took his new-found knowledge back to his family’s cattle property, ‘Dukes Plain’, in the Brigalow country south of Theodore.
In 1993 he started using innovative techniques of regenerative agriculture. Using Permaculture concepts, Biodynamic soil improvement methods and com monitored and measured time controlled cell grazing he increased productivity by 30%. He found that he was achieving higher yields on revegetated land than on cleared paddocks. Water availability was also improved.
The property became Certified Biodynamic with Australian Certified Organic and his hard work was recognised by many in the industry. One of the awards Shane received was in 1993 when he was the 2012 Winner of the National Carbon Cocky Award for Outstanding Innovation or invention. http://www.soilsforlife.org.au/announcements/shane-and-shan-joyce-carbon-cocky-of-the-year. (Also: http://www.soilsforlife.org.au/cs-dukes-plain).
Shane has since sold ‘Dukes Plain’ and now lives on a ‘small’ 700ha farm, ‘Kumbartcho’, at Kilkivan with his wife Shan.
Shane is a warm and informative speaker. His humility is only exceeded by his immense practical knowledge. I am extremely grateful that he has agreed to share his experiences with us at Permaculture Noosa and encourage everybody to drop everything to make certain they can come along next Thursday evening.
President, Permaculture Noosa
Permaculture Noosa monthly meetings (except for this month, June 2017) are usually held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Doors open at 5.30pm when meals will be available before the meeting. A market takes 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 6.30pm and the night is complete with a “bring a plate” shared supper at 8pm. All welcome.