PermEco Inc. has stayed busy over the past 3 months, with an initial visit to the cattle station south of Charters Towers in December, where we will be monitoring changes of soil, grasses and cattle quantity and health. This project (called the Regenerative Grazing Monitoring Project) will result in a case study as well as a written scientific paper and research papers which will be freely accessible. We aim for our papers to (hopefully) inspire existing and aspiring farmers to take up regenerative grazing practices.
The project is long term, and we estimate it will continue over 5 – 10 years, with us taking measurements, video, photos, and other readings twice a year, to be put into a report. The 50,000 acres plus cattle station has recently been purchased by friends of Tom & Zaia who already have regenerative grazing experience.
Impressions of our first visit can be found on our website here: https://permeco.org/regenerative/regenerative-grazing-monitoring-project-december-2020/
You can make donations towards this project here: https://www.mycause.com.au/page/236496/regenerative-grazing-monitoring-project-2020-2025
Donations will be used to cover fuel expenses and expenses such as sampling and testing kits, lab testing fees etc. So far, we have spent approximately $1000 in fuel and material costs.
Tom visited the station in late January again, and has taken the first samples to establish a base line.
Besides the monitoring project, PermEco is also continuing to run online courses, as well as running face to face Permaculture Design Certificate courses again (Covid permitting). Face to face courses will be run as Covid Safe Events, following government guidelines. Our next 2-week residential PDC course runs from 15 – 26 March, and our next 5 weekend residential PDC course runs in May. For exact dates and to book please go to https://permeco.org/upcoming-events/
All courses run on a by donation, pay what you can afford basis.
We have also set a date for this year’s 40 Hour Jammin event, a fundraising event for research into Motor Neurone Disease. Last year we raised close to $10,000 for research into MND, with over 80 artists participating in the 40 hours non-stop event. This year’s event will run on 25 & 26 September. Pop those dates into your diary and stay tuned for more information!
We also hope to start running regular “House Concerts” in our Jindill area. Some work in that area still needs to be done, but we hope that our first concert will be in April. We aim for these concerts to support local musicians and bring the community together for a relaxed afternoon / early evening. More information will follow once we organise our first concert. We are very excited about this and we hope to be able to create a wonderful musical and community experience! In keeping with our vision, we aim to offer these concerts on a by donation basis.
Please visit our website https://permeco.org regularly to stay in touch with what we do. You can also register for our newsletter on our website.