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Gardening NATURE

Tom and Zaia Kendall and their 14-year-old son Marlon live on 34 acres in Kin Kin, in the lush Sunshine Coast hinterland north-west of Noosa. About a third of the property is managed (farmed would be the wrong word) according to the principles of permaculture.

To the untrained eye, the Kendalls’ “managed” 10 acres are all but indistinguishable from the surrounding subtropical rainforest — and Tom and Zaia wouldn’t want it any other way.

Permaculture is a sustainable system of agriculture, environmental design and habitat maintenance that takes its cues from nature itself. The concept was coined in the 1970s by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren from the

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