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Home-grown Shiitake Logs: harvest time

March 21, 2014 | Forest Gardening, Harvesting, Kitchen Garden, Mushroom Cultivation, Urban Permaculture | 3 comments | Author:

Growing shiitakes on logs is a great idea for any backyard or small farm food system. Partly because after the burst of work needed at the start, you don’t need to think about them for a fair while, until they’re … Read More


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. 


Making the most of it: Blood Sausage

April 20, 2013 | Cooking, Harvesting, Pigs | 7 comments | Author:

Blood sausage is a central aspect of harvest day. Large-ish animal harvest day, that is. And it’s one of the central acts of honouring the animal’s life, as well as getting close to the act of the animal’s death, because it’s something … Read More


Learning to be ethical omnivores

December 21, 2012 | Harvesting, Pigs | 36 comments | Author:

This week marked a big step for us at Milkwood Farm, as we got the chance to follow-through on the stewardship of our pastured pigs by taking them all the way to the plate. In the spirit of honoring both … Read More


Picking silverbeet thinnings as microgreens

October 18, 2012 | Harvesting, Market Garden | 3 comments | Author:

This year in the market garden Michael has sown lots of silverbeet and rainbow chard, because it’s such a versatile and hardy green. However silverbeet are poly-embryonic, which means that multiple plants will sprout from the one seed. So to … Read More


Generosity as a strategy for survival

April 5, 2012 | Cooking, Food, Harvesting, Off-Farm goings on, Small Farm Skills, Video | 16 comments | Author:

‘On The Anatomy Of Thrift: Harvest Day‘ is a video by Farmrun and Farmstead Meatsmith about honoring the the pig, the whole pig, and everything inside the pig. This is the next generation of charcuterie, done with respect for the animal … Read More


Autumn Natural Beekeeping Course… Honey Harvest Time!

March 21, 2012 | Courses + Workshops, Harvesting, Natural Beekeeping | 15 comments | Author:

Last weekend we held our annual Autumn Natural Beekeeping course at Milkwood Farm. We got to harvest Warré honeycomb for eating, press a bunch of stored honeycomb, and check one of the Warré hives as part of the course. It … Read More


How to harvest Honey from Natural Comb

January 19, 2012 | Harvesting, Natural Beekeeping | 42 comments | Author:

Once you’ve harvested your natural honeycomb from your Warré (or other kind of top bar) beehive, it’s time to make get some of that goodness into jars! Fortunately, like many other aspects of natural beekeeping, getting the honey out of … Read More


Milkwood Farm’s first ever Warré Honey Harvest

December 1, 2011 | Harvesting, Natural Beekeeping | 10 comments | Author:

I am incredibly excited to report that we’ve just harvested our first ever box of honey from one of our warré beehives. Whoohoo! We are now awash and dripping with organic warré honeycomb. Sweet. The box we took is from … Read More