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Holy Shit: a book review

June 24, 2013 | Compost, Humanure, Nutrient Cycling, Publications | 10 comments | Author:

What is most intriguing to me about this¬†little¬†book is that, once again, good writing has allowed me to re-discover a subject that I thought I had it together on. I mean, we farm naturally at Milkwood. We know and we … Continued

Researching: Dovecotes as wild nutrient collectors

May 21, 2013 | Animal Systems, Nutrient Cycling | 47 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, … Continued

Souping up the worm farm

October 10, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Farming, Gardening, Market Garden, Nutrient Cycling, Vermiculture (worms) | 20 comments | Author:

While worm farms are pretty normal to find nowadays in many yards, their capacity to cycle essential nutrients and make nutrient dense soil additives available to you, for free, can’t be understated. Worm farms rock, seriously. Our bathtub wormfarm next … Continued

On-Farm Composting: the story so far…

July 2, 2012 | Compost, Nutrient Cycling | 12 comments | Author:

On-farm composting is a big part of our farm’s nutrient cycling, and an essential technique for ensuring nutrient density for our veggies and tree crops. Over the past couple of years we’ve tried and trialled various methods of hot-composting, with … Continued

Urine, Peak Phosphorous and on-farm Nutrient Cycling

June 20, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Humanure, Nutrient Cycling | 27 comments | Author:

So it turns out that when we go to the toilet, each of us ‘produces’ nearly 80% of the nutrients we need to grow our food. That’s quite something. If you take hold of that concept, it really does make … Continued

Aquaponics Workshops in Sydney: aiming to truly close the loop

June 18, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Aquaponics, Courses + Workshops, Nutrient Cycling, Small Farm Skills, Urban Permaculture | 10 comments | Author:

Just a quick note that we’ve scheduled some spring Aquaponics Workshops in Sydney, which are 2 days of intensive aquaponics how-to and why-to. While the basics of Aquaponics can be quite simple, there’s a lot of ways to do it … Continued

Replenishing the Market Garden with Winter green manures

June 15, 2012 | Farming, Gardening, Market Garden, Nutrient Cycling, Vegetable Gardening | 6 comments | Author:

Sowing Winter green manure crops are a crucial part of Milkwood Farm’s organic vegetable growing regime – the green manures convert sunlight to nutrients, then get dug into the soil in early Spring, and become food for us all. Green … Continued

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