Exciting new benefit for members

We are always on the lookout for members’ benefits – different things that will add real value to your membership, and make paying your annual fee a pleasure. And we’re very excited to announce that we’ve just partnered with Geoff Lawton (who founded Permaculture Noosa in 1994) and the Permaculture Research Institute to offer his online Permaculture Design Certificate course to our members at a discounted price. Details are still being finalised, so keep a watch on our website for more information as it becomes available.

My personal crusade …

Three years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and found to be gluten intolerant. I’m not celiac, but I was amazed at how my health improved markedly when I gave up eating gluten products. To be honest, I’d never really heard of this before, and yet the more I talk to people, the more people I encounter with exactly the same problems. But recently I’ve started coming across articles, research and anecdotal evidence that suggest we are not intolerant to grains containing gluten, but rather to the Roundup (glyphosate) that is sprayed on almost every non organic wheat and barley crop. A very interesting concept, and certainly worth some further reading.

Glyphosate is a ‘quick fix’ herbicide with such widespread use in both agriculture and domestically. Monsanto, the company which developed it and proclaimed its safety to humans and animals, were recently sued in a landmark court case for lying about the dangers. Yet, we still see it being used all around us.

So you can imagine my dismay when I found out that the remnants of the original Cooroy Community Gardens behind the Butter Factory, were earmarked for a heavy dose of Roundup, to make way for a new low maintenance native garden. There are many things in life we cannot change, but I felt determined that this was something I could, and should take action to change. When I first spoke to the Permaculture Noosa committee about this, they all agreed we must do something about it, but how, when we are just a few and have so many other things we are trying to achieve? But determination to find a way has won through, and people are getting on board.

On Wednesday April 3, we are holding a special working bee at the Butter Factory Cooroy, to remove and mulch the existing plants, ready for new plantings. Mulch will go back to Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens in Emerald Street to benefit the gardens. And there will not be a herbicide of any kind in sight. Please join us if you can, and help demonstrate that there are alternatives to Roundup for a better, safer environment.

Thursday Night’s Permaculture Noosa meeting is shaping up to be another bumper evening full of information, and hopefully inspiration. I hope to see many of you there.

Permaculture Noosa is your organisation, and we always welcome your feedback. Email me at president@permaculturenoosa.com.au if you have any suggestions.

Latha Matters

Editor’s Note: For more information on the Roundup/celiac/gluten intolerance link, please click on this link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945755/