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Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Book Review

December 1, 2014 | Mushroom Cultivation, Mushrooms, Publications, Resources | 2 comments | Author:

Wow, this book is a cracker. Friendly, in-depth knowledge at its best. Written by US mycologist and dedicated home-scale mushroom cultivator Tradd Cotter, it’s a great blend of practical cultivation how-tos, fungi ID and strategies for mycoremediation. Organic Mushroom Farming … Continued


What we learned this week: Amazonian Fungi + Gummy Pigs

July 18, 2014 | Resources | 3 comments | Author:

Hey folks, we’re trying a new thingy. Like many out there, I love (like, really love) finding out about good news and articles that (generally) sit squarely outside the mainstream media. But I don’t want to spend my life glued to the … Continued


Possum Living

June 25, 2014 | Milkwood Farm, Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Resources | 3 comments | Author:

Nearly all us have work days where we dream of packing it all in and somehow turning life into one long holiday. And then there are those who actually do it. Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and … Continued


Building a Portable Reciprocal Roundhouse Frame

June 2, 2014 | Build It, Building, Natural Building, Resources | 6 comments | Author:

On our last Natural Building course, we built a portable reciprocal roundhouse frame. Beauty meets strength meets simplicity. Using sapling logs (though you can use bamboo instead, or framing timber, at a pinch) plus ropes and screws, this structure went up … Continued


Planthunter interview with Nick Ritar

May 29, 2014 | Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Resources | 1 comments | Author:

Have you heard of The Planthunter yet? It’s a new online journal that explores plants, in all their universes. Edgy and interesting writing, lots of different takes and perspectives. Refreshing stuff. Recently, Georgina from The Planthunter had a chat with Nick last week about … Continued


Inhabit: great looking Permaculture doco Kickstarter

May 16, 2014 | Community Projects, Permaculture, Resources, Video | 5 comments | Author:

We thought we’d share this one with you as it looks pretty darn fine. INHABIT is a film project by Costa Boustikaris and Emmett Brennan, based in the Northeastern regions of the United States. It’s a doco about permaculture and features many farmers, practitioners … Continued


David Holmgren on tree crops + a book giveaway

May 4, 2014 | Forest Gardening, Resources | 74 comments | Author:

Those of you who have been around these parts for a while might remember a review we did a few years back of one of permaculture’s essential reads, Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russell Smith. Some say it … Continued


Five of our favourite Plant Databases

April 7, 2014 | Forest Gardening, Resources | 10 comments | Author:

Choosing the right plant for the right spot, working with its behaviours and getting it to cooperate with others can be a little difficult at times. Before you go getting yourself a little too lost in the world of plants … Continued


How to plant a tree, Milkwood style

April 4, 2014 | Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Resources, Silviculture | 15 comments | Author:

Planting a tree is a simple act. But, as we’ve learned on a site that’s sometimes less-than-welcoming to tree establishment, there’s ways, and there’s ways that work. Last week, with our Permaculture Design Course students, we planted oak trees. And … Continued


How to: test your garden soil’s pH, and balance it for a better veggie harvest

March 17, 2014 | Gardening, Resources, School Gardens, Urban Permaculture, Vegetable Gardening | 16 comments | Author:

So you’re resolved to grow the best darn vegetables ever. You’re on a mission to feed your family nutrient-dense, organic, home-grown food, to stick it to the supermarket, and to hopefully have enough to share with friends and neighbours too. … Continued


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