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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

Home-grown Shiitake Logs: harvest time

March 21, 2014 | Forest Gardening, Gardening, Harvesting, Kitchen Garden, Mushroom Cultivation, Mushrooms, 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 … Continued

Designing Like a Forest (we’re hooked)

August 12, 2013 | Courses + Workshops, Forest Gardening, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 6 comments | Author:

Last Autumn we hosted a Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke at Milkwood Farm. It was a truly awesome experience, and it changed the way many of us at Milkwood (and beyond) approach permaculture design education, and permaculture design process. … Continued

Forest Garden Guilds

April 29, 2013 | Forest Gardening | 4 comments | Author:

A guild, in permaculture terms, is usually used to define a harmonious assembly of species clustered around a central element (plant or animal) that acts in relation to this element to assist its health, aid our work in management, or buffer adverse … Continued

Establish the paths, and the orchard with follow…

April 7, 2013 | Forest Gardening, Permaculture | 8 comments | Author:

We want the Holistic Orchard site at Milkwood Farm to be super productive, beautiful and also accessible – we’re establishing this orchard on a slope just below the Tiny House (and irrigating it with grey water) so we’ll be visiting … Continued

A visit to Melliodora with David Holmgren

March 30, 2013 | Building, Forest Gardening, Natural Building, Off-Farm goings on, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 11 comments | Author:

Recently Nick was lucky enough to hang out with David Holmgren for a couple of days at Melliodora, the superb small-acre permaculture site that David has established with his partner Su Dennett  in Hepburn Springs, Victoria. Being in the thick … Continued

Dave Jacke interview: designing like a forest in a changing climate

February 12, 2013 | Forest Gardening | 6 comments | Author:

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Last week I talked to Dave Jacke (primary author of Edible Forest Gardens) about his upcoming Australian tour of talks and workshops. We talked about consciously designing gardens like forest ecosystems that … Continued

Making a Pig Tractor

February 8, 2013 | Farming, Forest Gardening, Pigs | 17 comments | Author:

Sadly a ‘pig tractor’ as we know it is not a pig in a jaunty hat driving a little red tractor. But the reality is even better. It’s an excellent low-energy, high return way of preparing ground for a new … Continued

Edible Forest Gardens author Dave Jacke is coming to Australia

February 6, 2013 | Forest Gardening | 2 comments | Author:

Milkwood are proud to announce Dave Jacke is coming to Australia in March to share his extensive knowledge in designing both urban and rural regenerative food, fiber and community systems, using forest ecologies as a model. This is a special … Continued

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