Kanjini Co-Op Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 3 - July - December 2010
Welcome to all the newcomers to our newsletter and many thanks to all the truly inspired people that have continued participating in planning, advertising and searching for a property.
We apologise for the lateness of this Newsletter. We have been very busy looking at properties, having preliminary meetings with various government departments, reviewing criteria and continuing planning. We have also been adding new sections to the website and created an entirely new Website for Members & Friends of Kanjini. You can read more about these exciting developments in this newsletter.
We are thrilled to have short-listed several properties and
would love to get your comments and feedback on them. See more below for
your opportunity to participate in choosing a property for realising
our Kanjini dream!
It was wonderful to hear of the growing organic agricultural revolution in different parts of our planet. Once such revolutionary is Eugenio Gras, a Mexican Integrated Agricultural System Designer, Developer and Educator who told how COAS has developed a Bio-Fertiliser technology and has now educated thousands of Latin American farmers how to be organic sustainably. Dr Eugenio Gras is one of Latin America's foremost sustainable agriculture experts. Currently working intensively for COAS in the training of farmers, producers, academics and professors throughout Latin America. Eugenio has taught and spoken worldwide on! his innovative techniques for creating organic, natural fertiliser from whatever is at hand on a given farm thus revolutionising their agriculture and the health of the farmers and their families.
In Australia there are many dedicated Permaculture groups and
individuals achieving outstanding results both in rural areas and in
urban environments. See more about Permaculture at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia and read about inspiring urban permaculture activities with Permaculture Sydney North.
"Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best." (Henry Van Dyke)
In the ever increasing world of hybridisation and companies
monopolising food seed sources it has been refreshing to discover the
advancement of the world wide Seed Savers Network
- a global movement devoted to saving seeds that are non-hybrid and
true to type. The resurgence of interest in Heirloom fruits and
vegetables as a source of guaranteed food survival is steadily
increasing. If you think that Monsanto is the Big Bad Wolf and you
really want to do something positive towards our seed options and our
food sources, then we encourage you to join the Seed Savers movement and
grow heirloom vegetables and fruit - preserving the genetic basis of
Happy reading and Seasons Greetings...
World Food Day
was on 16 October 2010. High oil, fertiliser and food prices have
highlighted the issue of food security for many countries. In this
unstable environment the question arises, “How can we design farming
systems that are economically and ecologically sustainable?”.Kanjini
Co-Op is one of the solutions! We have been creating food gardens,
further developing the Kanjini Vision.
Uniting against hunger becomes real when state and civil society organisations and the private sector work in partnership at all levels to defeat hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition. On this World Food Day 2010, when there have never been so many hungry people in the world, let us reflect on the future. With willpower, courage and persistence – and many players working together and helping each other – more food can be produced, more sustainably, and get into the mouths of those who need it most.
There is a growing movement supporting Slow Food in Australia and Internationally. Ever considered how much energy is needed to fill your fruit bowl?
Several Kanjini Co-Op members recently attended a public
lecture at JCU Cairns Campus, by renowned scientist and environmentalist
Dr. David Suzuki.
David Suzuki Key Notes: Most importantly remember what
is truly important: family, friends and our beautiful planet. These are
the most important issues for a simpler happier life. ENJOY!
On a local note: Just when Reuse /Recycle seemed a reality, a local Compost revolution has been hampered by bureaucrats! A truly innovative group, Trust Nature FNQ have succeeded in reaching agreement with the Tableland Regional Council to run a composting trial at the regional refuse landfill site. Unfortunately the Department of Environment and Resource Management now requests a very expensive odour assessment. Understandable if the trial would proceed in a residential area, but at a landfill site which stinks worse than any compost could ever do?!?
The Kanjini Co-Op AGM was held on 13th November 2010.
We have been very busy this whole year inspecting lots of potential properties on the Atherton tablelands!
There is an abundance of properties on the market ranging from
the ridiculously over prized to the barren, which means it should be a
good time for us to buy.
While looking at lots of properties we realised that water has become of primary importance, not just volume but also quality. For issues of privacy and possible spray-drift, we also all tend to favour "end-of-road" properties rather than one surrounded by other farms. One other issue we have extensively discussed is whether to buy land already certified as organic or to acquire land that fits all other criteria and we do the conversion ourselves. Although the former may show a good profit and is easier to start with, certified organic farms seem to be over priced (so we are told by the real estate agents). And converting a conventional farm to organic will allow us to teach others later, which is more in line with being a model. But we have not made any decision on this issue.
Of the many properties inspected, on the top of our list are
three 'smaller' properties of between 100 to 175 acres, a medium sized
790 acre property and a very beautiful and large 7500 acre property.
We have listed these properties and most others we inspected in our Members & Friends of Kanjini Website, where you can tell us which ones you like. See WEBSITE NEWS (next paragraph) for more info on how to access this new section and contribute with your comments and evaluations.
We know that there are plenty of people out there who would
love to join Kanjini Co-Op and contribute their energy, enthusiasm,
expertise and money to make our common vision come true.
"Our duty as people is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation." (Pierre Chardin)
Links Page: We have been creating a Links Page on our website where soon you will be able to easily access websites of some fantastic organisations, communities, local events and Kanjini Co-Op supporters. If you have a business or personal website and would like to exchange weblinks, please contact us.
FNQ Region: This new section of the website has a wealth of information about the FNQ Region in Queensland.
NEW Members & Friends of Kanjini Website: We are
very excited about this whole new section of our website. Thanks to all
the co-creators and contributors and a HUGE THANKYOU to Kevin, our
Members Section Creator and Moderator.
SO if you would like to be one of the first people to get
access to this Members & Friends of Kanjini Website Section, please CONTACT US with all of the following information:
We have been experimenting with our new Logo and enthusiastically printed some trial T Shirt Transfers. Several members proudly wore their Kanjini Co-Op T-Shirts to recent events, which proved to be fabulous conversation starters and networking tools. We have now found a couple of local Screen printers and the plan is to have T-Shirts available on-line to purchase. We will have a small range of colours and prints so we hope you will find one to suit you and help to spread the Kanjini Co-Op Vision! We also intend to have Car Stickers available next year! We will email you with details when production is finalised.
In the meantime please continue to spread the Kanjini Co-Op
Vision. Please tell the taxi driver, the barber and the busker, tell all
your friends and acquaintances........
We do appreciate your efforts and help in getting the word out there to those people :-) If you know of any groups you feel may be interested in Kanjini Co-Op or any publications or locations that would be suitable for advertising and or posters, please do let us know.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) !
We are often asked questions and we are happy to share them here in the Newsletters. These questions and more, with our answers are also on-line.
Can I have use of Co-op land for personal income generation?
What is the decision making process to gain Co-op approval?
Is the investment commitment of $100,000 to purchase the land only, or to cover infrastructure development as well ?
What if I do not have $100,000?
These are our informal gatherings now held on the last Sunday of each month. The Hearts and Minds Meetings are designed to get to know each other better, introduce new interested people and advance the vision. These meetings are usually held at Koah and include Meet and Greet / introductions/ Q & A's, discussions, planning and often a property viewing, all amidst lots of laughter and whatever else we decide to do together. There is always a Heart component with valuable sharing of feelings and if possible we all venture outside and in the gardens.
Last month we inspected several more properties and have been fine tuning our criteria. For more info read Kanjini Co-Op Land...
Our Hearts and Minds Meetings are valuable experiences for cooperative living and much fun is had by all. If you are unable to physically attend a meeting but would like to contribute we can arrange for you to participate via SKYPE or by speaker phone. If you would like to use SKYPE or phone to attend, please let us know. We will need your SKYPE Name so we can have a trial connection prior to the meetings, thank you.
Besides these Hearts and Minds meetings we also hold our
monthly formal Kanjini Co-Op Members meetings. Interested persons are
invited to attend our monthly members meetings (however only members may
vote). You are most welcome to join the process, ideas and your input
is always welcome.
Everyone on our email list will get informed of each Hearts and Minds Meeting.
Planning: We have had communication and meetings with
State Planners, Local Council and the Department of Environment and
Resource Management relating to our planned development. We have been
advised that the forming of a special 'rural precinct plan' might be the
best avenue for the realisation of our vision. Queensland is governed
by State Authorities in accordance with the Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2009–2031 State Planning Regulatory Provisions
BREAKING NEWS "Green door swings open to invite more sustainability into Queensland" says Minister for Infrastructure and Planning on Friday, October 15, 2010. It is encouraging to now hear that Queensland welcomes new initiatives in sustainability. The Green Door Advisory Committee has met for the first time to give streamlined development approvals to environmentally friendly projects that employ pioneering technologies, design techniques, recycled materials and renewable energies.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." (Albert Einstein)
Nursery: The Kanjini Co-Op's food and timber plant
nursery has settled in well at Koah and is thriving. Black bean
(Castanospermum australe) and Silky-oak (Grevillea robusta) are now
reaching for the sky. As the climate changes our weather patterns in FNQ
also are changing. Our normally dry season has been rainy this year and
our winter months were far from cool. Due the unknowns of the weather
we are experimenting with a large variety of food plants, including a
variety of Mediterranean species , such as grape, figs and olives which
have all fruited in the area. We also have Brazilian Cherry (Eugenia
uniflora, also called Surinam Cherry, which is very High in Vitamin C
and several potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory anti-cancer
compounds have been isolated from the fruit. Jaboticaba (Myrciaria
cauliflora is ideal for eating fresh, making jams, tarts, wines, and
liqueurs) - and it grows well in this area, the Bolton Road property has
a huge old Jaboticab!
Wasting food is a problem…
There's something very sad about the fact that Australians throw out 3
million tonnes of food every year - especially when hundreds of millions
of people around the world go to bed hungry or are starving for the
most basic of foods. Wasting food is also a waste of money, and it
really damages the environment.
New Green Search Engine: Just thought I'd share
something awesome with you! There is a new Internet search engine that
saves 0.1 m² of rainforest with each search you do. The search results
there are as good as they are on Google or Yahoo, and it is free too.
The address of the "green search engine" is: www.Forestle.org
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
This is it from us until the next newsletter .....
We wish you Love and Light and Many Blessing of continued Prosperity and Excellent Health