Wednesday, 7 December 2011

2012 meeting

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday February the 7th, 2012.

Join us at the Eudlo Village Hall on Rosebed Street in Eudlo from 7pm for our mini-made it, grew it market (including a great range of dried organic goods), fresh produce, plants, handmade soaps and other goodies.

From 7.30pm we'll have a guest speaker (yet to be decided who will be the guest speaker) or perhaps a discussion about our direction for 2012?) either way, we'll finish up with supper and some time to catch up, ask questions and have a chat.

Gold coin entry admission - open to anyone interested in permaculture


Thursday, 1 December 2011

December meeting

Join us next Tuesday night for our December meeting. Entry is by gold coin donation to cover hall hire.

Starting at 7pm with markets - members bring 'made it, grew it' goodies from their gardens and we'll have a range of dried organic goods available for the first time too.

From 7.30pm Kerry will talk about Homeopathy and its uses for people and for gardens.

There will be tea and coffee after (gold coin donation)

Anyone interested in permaculture is welcome to come along, Permaculture Eudlo is a great place to connect with others, find out information and get some tricky questions answered (hopefully!).


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

First organic market stall December 6

Permaculture Eudlo will have a new addition to its regular 'made it, grew it' market with a range of dried organic goods (nuts, seeds, muesli, grains etc), oils, vinegars etc available at the December meeting.

Starting at 7pm you're welcome to come along and do a bit of shopping and support local co-operative buying and save money too! There will also be locally made soaps for sale too plus other goodies from members' gardens.

We meet in the Eudlo Village Hall on Rosebed Street in Eudlo and this month our guest speaker is Kerry Larkman who will be talking about homeopathy for people and gardens.

Gold coin entry and supper provided.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Organic Market Stall

Are you interested in having an Organic Dried Goods Stall at our monthly meetings as part of our regular made it, grew it market?

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Homeopathy - December 2011

Permaculture Eudlo December get together; Tuesday December 6 from 7pm in the Eudlo Village Hall. Market stalls from 7pm-7.30, then guest speaker Kerry Larkman talking about Homeopathy.

Gold coin entry.

What is Homeopathy?
Does it work?
How can it help me?
Can I use it?
Will it work in the garden?

Homeopathy dates back to Hippocrates who named it as the Law of Similars.
‘Let like be cured by like’

Guest presenter Kerry Larkman trained as a SRN and midwife in Australia before a trip to the UK in 1968.

Forty years, and many Homeopathic seminars and travels later Kerry is back in Queensland, learning about permaculture and planting trees.

Challenged to find out more about Homeopathy as a sceptic in 1982, Kerry became interested in using Homeopathy for her three small boys and was hooked.

Homeopathy means treating the whole person, and looking at all aspects of your health. Diet, past medical and family history, personality and current problems are all important.

She will share her passion and knowledge of Homeopathy at Permaculture Eudlo on the evening of Tuesday December 6 at the Eudlo Village Hall including how the same principles of healing can be extended to plants.


Wednesday, 2 November 2011

December get together

Join us on Tuesday December 6th from 7pm for our final meeting for 2011.

Our next meeting will be all about Homeopathy - including how to use homeopathy in the garden.

Everyone interested in permaculture is welcome to come along - gold coin entry to cover hall hire and gold coin donation tea and coffee.

If you have any home grown organic goodies you'd like to share, sell or give away, please bring them for the market table from 7pm.

We meet in the Eudlo Village Hall in Rosebed Street, Eudlo.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Next meeting - Tuesday November 1st

Elisabeth Fekonia, of Permaculture Realfood has agreed to be our guest speaker next Tuesday.  She is extremely knowledgeable and for those of you who don’t know her, Elisabeth teaches a variety of Permaculture courses. 

As we are coming into the warmer months, it’s a good time to learn about how to grow tropical vegies in our climate including those in Permaculture food forest gardens.
HER TOPIC IS: ‘Growing tropical vegetables in a food forest garden’

Meeting held in the Eudlo Village Hall - Rosebed Street Eudlo - all welcome!

Meeting starts at 7pm with market stalls - so bring along any goodies you might have to sell, swap or give away and the presentation starts at 7.30pm. 
Gold coin donation on entry to cover hall hire

Tea and coffee provided - gold coin donation.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Next meeting

The November meeting is up for grabs, so if you have any ideas of what you'd like to see happen (and the ability to make it happen) leave a comment here.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

We're on facebook


I've just set up a facebook page for Permaculture Eudlo. Facebook is a great way to communicate quickly, so if you have a question you need answered, try there first. You can also post images so if there is something you need identified you can tap into the group knowledge too.


Wednesday, 5 October 2011

November meeting (and beyond!)

Well it was a great turn out last night - lots of ideas and plans for the next few months;

Guest speakers for the November and December meetings (I'll post details here once people are confirmed) a garden tour on Sunday October 23 and future Permablitzes too.

Last night there was also a lot of discussion on alternative energy systems and lots of freebie give aways; dogbane, nasturtium seeds, lebanese cress and worm juice. Thanks everyone who turned up.

Keep an eye on this blog and stay in touch.


Monday, 3 October 2011

October meeting

Permaculture Eudlo will be getting together on Tuesday evening, October 4th from 7pm in the Eudlo Village Hall in Rosebed Street, Eudlo.

If you have anything to sell or give away, please arrive a little earlier to set up in our market space and from 7.30pm, we'll be discussing the future direction and focus on the group.

So bring your ideas of what you'd like to see happen with Permaculture Eudlo and your input into making it happen.


Friday, 15 July 2011

August Meeting

Tuesday August 2nd.

From 7pm in the Eudlo Village Hall, Rosebed Street, Eudlo

Q&A - question and answer session

Gold coin donation - all welcome

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

July Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday July 5th from 7pm in the Eudlo Village Hall.

We'll screen the second part of Geoff Lawton's Introduction to Permaculture DVD and talk about the August meeting.

Remember to bring any goodies / produce you might have for the pre-meeting market - for sale, trade or give away.

And remember your gold coin donation for entry - we need it to pay the rent on the hall hire each month and to keep the group going.

See you there!


Monday, 20 June 2011

Woo Hoo - Isabell Shipard is back running workshops!

Renowned herb expert Isabell Shipard will be running a couple of workshops "How to be more self-sufficient" later this year in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast - so book in early to secure your place.

Her workshops will focus on how to grow a garden full of useful, hardy plants that will feed you and provide you with good health.

Two dates to choose from;
Friday 30th September or
Saturday 1st October

Visit Isabell's website here to download the flier and you'll also find all the information you need about how to book, costs, venue, buying herbs etc.

My advice? Bring a big notebook and some spare pens and maybe even a camera because Isabell's workshops are jam-packed with information and good ideas and you'll never remember it all!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Joel Salatin to visit the coast

Get in quick to see Joel Salatin while he's here on the Sunshine Coast.

Just been announced that he'll be at Beerwah on Friday August 5th - Joel is an amazing speaker and so inspiring. He will run a workshop - for farmers and the public - right here on the coast.

You'll find more information here,

Joel is a very well know farmer, author and activist.

His presentation here will focus on his farming practices and also how community and local farmers can link together.

Presented by ReGenAg, Food Connect, Sunshine Coast Council and SEQ Catchments.


Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Permaculture Eudlo markets

Last night's meeting went very well.

Our markets have come into their own - people bought along a whole range of goodies to sell and there were plenty of give aways too.

Left - potted up permaculture plants for sale - Vetiver grass, comfrey, ginger and curry leaf tree.

On the give aways table there were Lemonade fruits, lemons, glass bottles, star fruits, and bags of curry leaves - below right.

Our planned DVD didn't work out due to 'technical' problems - instead we voted to watch Geoff Lawton's Introduction to Permaculture Design DVD.

We watched the first half and we'll screen the second half at the July meeting.

The DVD features many Sunshine Coast permaculture properties, so it was nice and local.

There was also local raw honey for sale, homemade soaps, locally made beeswax polish and Isabell Shipard's famous Herb Book.

Other freebies included huge clumps of healthy Galangal, Cassava cuttings, and turmeric.

There was even Yakon to try. Plenty of people left with bags filled with freebies and new plants for their garden.

And we're hoping our next meeting in July will bring even more goodies from members gardens for the market stalls.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday July 5th - markets start at 7pm and the presentation will start at 7.30pm. We meet in the Eudlo Village Hall on Rosebed Street, Eudlo.

Monday, 6 June 2011

June meeting

Join us tomorrow night - Tuesday June 7 - from 7pm in the Eudlo Village Hall (Rosebed Street Eudlo) for our regular monthly get together.

Things kick off at 7pm with markets stalls - there will be permaculture plants, local raw honey and local handmade soaps for sale among other goodies.

From 7.30pm we'll be screening a DVD on subtropical soils and then there's time for a chat and a cuppa afterwards.

Gold coin donation on entry and gold coin donation for supper.

If you are interested in permaculture and positive change, please come along

Thursday, 2 June 2011

June Permaculture Presentations

Got a problem with pests? Council libraries are running a series of talks throughout June on Permaculture Pest Management strategies.

You'll find all the information, times, dates and locations here and you'll need to book through council's website too.

If you'd like to learn how to set your garden up in a way that will reduce pest problems, book in and come along to one of the talks.

The talks are presented by Permaculture Eudlo member and local permaculture teacher Sonya Wallace.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Diary dates

Busy week coming up, so here are some diary dates for you... this Sunday - June 5th - Transition Town Eudlo will be meeting at Sweethearts Cafe in Eudlo between 8.30am and 10.30. Come along, enjoy an organic coffee, support local business and find out what others are doing around the place to prepare for a post carbon future.

Eudlo Seed Savers' Group meets at the same time, so if you have seeds to process or plant material to share, please bring it along.

This Sunday is also World Environment Day and there will be plenty happening at the local university campus to celebrate.

And don't forget our next Permaculture Eudlo meeting on Tuesday June 7 from 7pm in the Eudlo Village Hall. Anyone interested in learning more about permaculture and be part of this local group is more than welcome to come along.

See you there,

Friday, 27 May 2011

Permaculture Hero Trio

In preparation for our next meeting I thought I'd introduce you to the permaculture hero trio of plants - as they feature prominently in the DVD we have planned for June. These plants will be for sale at the next Permaculture Eudlo meeting on Tuesday June 7th at 7pm at the Eudlo Village Hall.

ABOVE - is Comfrey, which is a herb. Comfrey is a wonderful plant to have in the garden as it plays a vital role in replenishing soil in the subtropics. Its roots dig deep down into the ground bringing minerals up to the surface to break down and become incorporated into your garden topsoil. Not for the vegie garden, as its hard to remove once established, but instead plant your edges and pathways out with comfrey so you can harvest the leaves and use them where you need them in the garden. 

Incorporate comfrey into your composting area too, then you'll have it on hand to add to your compost when needed - yarrow and dandelion fit well around the compost too. Comfrey leaves are also popular for brewing up a tea to use as a fertiliser. A great all round plant that thrives in the subtropics, Comfrey is propagated by root division. Read more about comfrey on Isabell Shipards website.
Next up is Queensland Arrowroot - Canna Edulis - BELOW. This great plant is one of the most versatile you can have in your subtropical permaculture garden. Qld Arrowroot is the nutrient bank of your garden - absolutely vital in the subtropics where our nutrients are leached through heavy rain and strong sunlight. Plant this beauty on the slope and it will capture nutrient run off from the plants above. It will hold that goodness in its lush leaves and stalks (its biomass) ready for you to harvest to use as stock feed, mulch or in the compost. It dies off over winter just to let you know its time to chop it down and spread it round the garden and make compost for the next season. Leave the tubers in the ground and they will shoot again in spring. It can grow quite high and does go to flower too.

The tubers are edible, the leaves can be fed to chooks, worms and other animals. It grows quickly providing instant summer shade and wind protection to younger plants and fruit trees, it is hardy with few pest or disease problems and you'll find it provides habitat within its leaves for tiny green tree frogs too. The more of this you have in your garden, the more fertile the whole system will become. Don't let those nutrients run off into creeks causing pollution or onto your neighbour's land, capture them in Qld Arrowroot and set up a great energy cycling system. It doesn't spread and is easily moved and controlled.
And the last of the trio the fabulous Pigeon Pea. Being a pea, its a legume, so it brings all that nitrogen-fixing goodness to your garden, its quick growing with few pest or disease problems, and it looks beautiful too.

The seeds and flowers are both edible. Eat the seeds young as peas and if left to mature and dry they can be used in dahl as a substitute for lentils. Leaves can be fed to stock and they make the very best chop 'n' drop mulch in the garden too. Just chop it down and spread the leaves around your favourite fruit trees and watch them bloom. Pigeon Pea can be used like a green manure crop, but on a much larger scale to prepare soils for forest planting - especially good for preparing to plant out a permaculture food forest. 

These plants in your garden provide a huge range of services and will greatly improve the condition of your soil over time. Think about how you can best incorporate them into your permaculture design.

If  you're interested in learning more about permaculture and live nearby, you're welcome to join us on our permaculture journey on the first Tuesday of each month in the Eudlo Village Hall on Rosebed Street, Eudlo from 7pm. Gold coin donation for entry and also for supper.

Friday, 20 May 2011

An inspirational quote for the weekend

"What permaculturists are doing is (some of) the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don't know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that."

Dr David Suzuki geneticist, broadcaster and international environmental advocate

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

A New Book List

If you love books and are keen to get your permaculture reference library up and running check out our recommended book list (click on the Book List tab above) - it also includes DVDs and magazines you might want to hunt down.

If you're part of Permaculture Eudlo and have a favourite permaculture book and it isn't listed, let me know and I'll add it to the list.

Email me

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Sunshine Coast Permaculture talks - May

If you'd like to learn a bit about crop rotation and green manure crops - permaculture style - book into one of the talks happening at all the Council libraries throughout May.

Eudlo-based permaculture teacher & designer Sonya Wallace will be presenting the sessions throughout the month of May - the sessions are free, but you do need to book in and places are filling fast - visit council's website to secure your place.

Dates, times and locations are as follows:

Saturday May 7 - Caloundra Library 10-11.30am
Tuesday May 10 - Nambour Library 10-11.30am
Tuesday May 10 - Maroochydore Library 2-3.30pm
Wednesday May 11 - Coolum Library 2.30-4pm
Thursday May 12 - Noosa Library 2-3.30pm
Monday May 16 - Maleny Neighbourhood Centre 10-11.30am
Thursday May 19 - Kawana Library 10-11.30am
Saturday May 21 - Cooroy Library 10-11.30am
Wednesday June 1 - Beerwah Library 2-3.30pm

In June, Sonya will be touring all the libraries again to present information on the permaculture approach to integrated pest management, dates are listed on council's website.

Our next meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday June 7, 2011.

We meet at the lovely old Eudlo Village Hall from 7pm. The Hall is in the main street of Eudlo and very easy to find. You're welcome to come along - we're developing the idea of running market stalls between 7-7.30pm, then we'll have a presentation (in June we have a screening of a talk by Frances Michaels on subtropical soils), then supper.

If you're interested in permaculture, please come along and join in the conversation...

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


Welcome to the blog of Permaculture Eudlo on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia.

We're a very new permaculture group and we've got plenty of exciting plans for the future!

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the Eudlo Town Hall on Rosebed Street in Eudlo from 7pm.

Come along, learn about permaculture and meet other permaculture people.