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‘Oaks Organics’ Keyline Farm field trip: May 4th

April 13, 2014 | Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Water Harvesting + Reuse | 3 comments | Author:

Want to check out a keyline farm designed by P.A. Yeomans in western Sydney? Here’s your chance. As part of  The Yeomans Project, our friends Lucas and Ian are hosting a field trip to the extremely interesting property ‘Oaks Orgaincs’ … Read More


Erosion restoration design, one year on

December 13, 2012 | Water Harvesting + Reuse, Watershed Restoration | 11 comments | Author:

Last spring the Milkwood interns cooked up a design to tackle the erosion on a degraded hillside next to the woolshed, and then implemented and planted it all out. This design was done collaboratively and realised with simple tools and … Read More


Building a biological DIY greywater system (with no reedbeds)

October 16, 2012 | Water Harvesting + Reuse | 38 comments | Author:

Our criteria for building the greywater system for the tinyhouse was pretty simple: cheap, made from readily available materials, and effective. We also wanted to use the outputs to irrigate a grove of important fruit trees, as water is very … Read More


EcoPOP – cooling Sydney’s streets…

September 15, 2012 | Gardening, Off-Farm goings on, Vegetable Gardening, Vermiculture (worms), Water Harvesting + Reuse | 10 comments | Author:

An ecoPOP is a small and self-contained city oasis, boasting a simple, self-contained system of self-watering fruit trees, herbs, water collection and a worm farm. Intended to be installed in places like a median strip in a suburban street, they’re … Read More


DIY Mulch Pit Greywater System

February 29, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Water Harvesting + Reuse | 20 comments | Author:

Greywater is a resource that can be awesome if capitalized upon, especially on a farm with unpredictable rainfall. We’ve just finished a simple greywater system that we’re pretty darn happy with. Up at the woolshed we have two greywater sources: … Read More


In which the House Dam fills but does not fail – Huzzah!

January 23, 2012 | Building, Natural Building, Water Harvesting + Reuse | 9 comments | Author:

So just over a year ago, our house dam filled for the first time. And then went into scary nearly-melt-down. So we pumped the water out, fixed it, and then waited for it to fill again. And waited. For a … Read More


Top tank overflow: design + implementation

October 24, 2011 | Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Water Harvesting + Reuse | 5 comments | Author:

On occasion, our two big water tanks at the very top of Milkwood Farm overflow. What to do with the intermittent extra water? It’s too precious to just drain away. Time to design a water catchment and planting plan to … Read More


The saga of the middle dam

March 16, 2011 | Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Water Harvesting + Reuse | 20 comments | Author:

First off, i would like to make an important point: we are yet to meet a challenge at Milkwood Farm that we could not fix with careful thought, good advice, relentless research, a strong dose of creativity and a stronger … Read More


Gravity fed water for Milkwood Farm

February 28, 2011 | Water Harvesting + Reuse | 13 comments | Author:

One of the most powerful concepts in permaculture for me is ‘keep the water high’. All water stored high in the landscape is potential energy, thanks in part to gravity. If your water is high, you can make that water … Read More


Water Tank comparisons for drinking water: defining clean and green

February 14, 2011 | Building, Natural Building, Permaculture, Resources, Water Harvesting + Reuse | 76 comments | Author:

All drinking water at Milkwood Farm comes from the sky. This means catchment and storage of drinking-quality water is a very big deal for us. And since we’ve got the opportunity to define the quality of our drinking water here … Read More