About Elisabeth Fekonia

Award winning, accredited permaculture teacher Elisabeth Fekonia

Mission statement:

Teaching people to help themselves to their own home food production.

After a decade of learning the skills of self reliance in growing and producing our own food, I felt that it was imperative to pass my skills on to others so that they too might do the same.

It has been an exciting journey of discovering the lost art of home cheese making, sourdough bread and making wine made from surplus fruit. I learnt that fermenting  food such as in sourdough and cheese making has many health advantages and it’s also about reviving forgotten skills from the past.

I don’t have a country bone in my body as I was born and raised in Amsterdam, migrated with my family to Australia in 1964 and settled in the suburbs in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

At twenty one I left the suburbs for the country life and haven’t looked back since. After moving to Samford, a village just north west of Brisbane, I had found my niche. I learned how to spin and knit wool, I made my own shoes and clothes and learned how to make bread and soap and started some vegetable and herb gardens and generally enjoyed myself.

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Eventually after moving from Samford I discovered the Sunshine Coast and have lived in Conondale, Kin Kin and now at Black Mountain west of Cooroy.

Global crisis or not, self sufficiency is my drive, I wouldn’t live anywhere else but in the country. I love the life of growing and producing our own food. The workshops, seminars and organic gardening courses are a result of all the things I have learnt over the years, and they help teach people to grow and produce their own food.

It might seem daunting at first, but it’s up to you to decide what you can do in regards of producing your own food, because if I can do it, anyone can.  I’m only too happy to share my knowledge and experiences to help you on the road to your own food security. I’m sure you’ll never look back when you do.

Workshops and Courses

  • Cheese making and all things dairy workshop
  • Sourdough/ sauerkraut/ kimchi/ fermented fruit paste and fruit wine workshop
  • Miso, tempeh and soy sauce making workshop
  • Three different three hour cheese making and fermented food workshops
  • Seed savers’ workshop
  • An organic gardening course using Permaculture principles
  • A ten week, one day a week course on growing and cooking with tropical vegetables
  • Four day edible landscape design course