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New Books: The Art of Natural Cheesemaking + The Community Scale Permaculture Farm

August 26, 2015 | Food & Fermentation, Permaculture, Publications, Resources | 1 comments | Author:

Two different books with the same ethos are on our coffee table at the moment: The Art of Natural Cheesemaking + The Community Scale Permaculture Farm. They’re both books written by passionate doers who have gone against the flow and … Continued

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 | Building, Natural Building, Resources | 7 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

May 4, 2014 | Forest Gardening, Resources | 75 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 | 11 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

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