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Visiting: Peter’s off-grid Homestead, Kangaroo Valley

September 4, 2014 | Animal Systems, Ducks, Gardening, Permaculture Design, Raise It | 8 comments | Author:

It’s many a city dweller’s long-lived dream. Skip out on the hustle and bustle and set up a life of clean air and green space in the country. Peter Brandis held that dream for 25-plus years – and one day, … Read More

Farming Edible Insects (Hello, Zero-footprint Protein)

June 12, 2014 | Animal Systems, Appropriate Technology, Urban Permaculture | 14 comments | Author:

Protein can be a wee point of contention sometimes. Talk to most about food production and our environment and you are likely to come across the discussion of meat. As you no doubt know, much of the animal protein we … Read More

Visiting The Agrarian Kitchen in New Norfolk, Tasmania

March 19, 2014 | Animal Systems, Off-Farm goings on, Small Farm Skills | 9 comments | Author:

What a gorgeous place this is – bursting with organically grown food, fruit, herbs and animals, and boasting the prettiest cooking school we ever did see. Just when I thought Tasmania couldn’t get any better… 

Check out this Farm Gate Raw Milk Dispenser

January 24, 2014 | Animal Systems, Appropriate Technology, Harvesting | 21 comments | Author:

How good is this farm gate idea? Raw milk, fresh from the farm the dispenser stands on, available to anyone who cares to come along and bring a bottle – 24/7. You little ripper. 

3 days at Polyface Farm

June 4, 2013 | Animal Systems, Permaculture Design | 20 comments | Author:

It’s the pace of everything, that gets you most of all – everyone is busy – doing a task that needs to be done, right now, then walking purposefully to the next task, which also needs to be done. Joel Salatin often … Read More

Herdshare: strategies for sustenance

May 28, 2013 | Animal Systems | 42 comments | Author:

The herdshare arrangement is one in which you own part of an animal or herd, along with others who hold shares in that animal or herd. Say, a cow, for example. As a part owner, you are entitled to part … Read More

Researching: Dovecotes as wild nutrient collectors

May 21, 2013 | Animal Systems, Nutrient Cycling | 45 comments | Author:

Dovecotes are a great addition to any small farm (and possibly your backyard too). Keeping doves is like keeping chickens, in a way, except there’s minimal feeding involved if you take the traditional approach. The doves fly off every morning, … Read More

Joel Salatin NSW Masterclasses: the details

January 5, 2013 | Animal Systems, Courses + Workshops | 10 comments | Author:

We can’t wait to host Joel Salatin for 3 one-day masterclasses in February. This will be the first time that Joel will present the in-depth specifics of the various integrated animal systems of Polyface Farm to a NSW audience. Leading … Read More

Meanwhile, in the Gravity Chicken Run…

June 13, 2012 | Animal Systems, Chickens | 21 comments | Author:

The Gravity Chicken Run is now entering its second winter as one of the gravity-powered (and chicken powered) composting experiments at Milkwood Farm. We’ve made some modifications since last winter, and things are looking good. As with all on-farm experiments, … Read More

Prepping ground with permaculture pigs

June 4, 2012 | Animal Systems, Pigs | 5 comments | Author:

Hooray for the return of piggies to Milkwood Farm! Ahead of our illustrious plans for forested pig systems next season, we’re doing a micro-pig prepping job over winter. Pepper and George have arrived to help us prepare the suntrap for … Read More