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Permaculture Noosa Monthly Meeting 15th November 2018
November 15 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM$2 – $4
Keynote Speaker Elisabeth Fekonia‘s presentation will outline the beginnings and growth of our sister club Yandina Community Gardens.
Discussion will be invited on the future directions Permaculture Noosa should take, and what lessons we can learn from Yandina Community Gardens successes.
Our second speaker, Svenning Prytz’s presentation will be about Native Bees.
Svennig is a great lover of old skills and old ways of living I have always been keen on organic farming.He has worked in conventional agriculture/horticulture for twenty years. This has given him great insight into conventional farming practices as it is viewed today, versus the original way of farming pre chemical farming (which by the way should be viewed as truly conventional and sustainable). Being both a geologist and a horticulturist has given him great insight into how things work. The dynamics of life, interaction of the plant and animal world. It’s use to us as a human species. He has been a member of Permaculture Noosa, soon after it first started – that’s a long time. He has been beekeeping for about thirty five years, keeping honeybees all this time. About 15 years ago he was by good fortune introduced accidentally and happily to Australian social stingless bees. As much as permaculture (organic farming) is about integrating plants and animals into their system, bees are often overlooked. Honeybees are great and give you the bulk of the honey and do a great job of pollinating our fruits and vegetables( those of interest to the bees) as a foodsource ( not all plants are). They suffer from some serious diseases and also pests, and require much more management than the native bees do. Now, the native bees are great, there are about 2000 different bee species in Australia, most of them being solitary, they live alone. The passion I have is for the social stingless species, Tetragonula carbonaria, T. hockingsii, and the Austroplebia australis. They do not sting, are easy to keep, produce about 1 kilo of quite medicinal honey and are great pollinators.Their products are honey, pollen and propolis. They are great recyclers/ re users. More to come on the November night.
Our third speaker, Wayne Oldham will deliver a short presentation on medicinal herbs.
On top of all that, Neil and Maria Page will give a demonstration, transforming arrowroot into a fabulous chocolate cake, before our very eyes! (yes we will be able to sample it too.)
Do consider bringing friends or neighbours to our meetings. It’s how we grow the group and may be inspiring to them as well. See you there.
Permaculture Noosa monthly meetings are usually held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Doors open at 6.00pm when a market takes place where we share surplus home grown produce and plants by giving, exchanging or selling.
Entry is a $5 donation for non-members. Entry for members is free. Anyone who has genuine financial difficulties and cannot afford the entry donation will be excused. We will not turn anyone away. The meeting begins at 6.30pm and the night is complete with a “bring a plate” shared supper (gold coin donation) at 8pm. All welcome.
See you there……