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Zuni bowl, one year on…

November 2, 2012 | Watershed Restoration | 1 comments | Author:

It’s a whole year since we made our first Zuni Bowl at Milkwood Farm to combat an erosive gully headcut, and time has proved the benefits of this simple yet powerful handmade technique nicely. One year on, the zuni bowl … Read More


Watershed Restoration: Constructing a Media Luna

April 24, 2012 | Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Watershed Restoration | 3 comments | Author:

Recently at Milkwood Farm, Craig Sponholtz led a course in Applied Watershed Restoration, and taught us all a bit about how to tackle on-farm erosion control with human-scale solutions. One of the things we constructed as part of the workshop … Read More


Applied Watershed Restoration: choosing some sites

March 19, 2012 | Watershed Restoration | 4 comments | Author:

So it’s only 2 weeks until Australia’s first EVER Applied Watershed Restoration course, which is happening at Milkwood Farm (and is FarmReady approved. And will be incredible. Ok, end pitch… but you really would be crazy not to join us). … 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


Craig Sponholtz talks watershed restoration (video)

February 12, 2012 | Courses + Workshops, Resources, Watershed Restoration | 2 comments | Author:

Here’s a great video of Craig Sponholtz explaining his guidelines for watershed restoration. As with much of permaculture design, it’s all about expanding the edges of fertility, and starting with what you have. Which, is the case of re-hydrating a … Read More


Advanced Watershed Restoration, here we come…

February 6, 2012 | Courses + Workshops, Watershed Restoration | 7 comments | Author:

It is with great excitement that we’re announcing an upcoming Advanced Watershed Restoration course at Milkwood Farm, with Craig Sponholtz. Huzzah! As part of RegenAG, we’ve managed to haul Craig out to Australia for a couple of weeks to skill … 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


Zuni bowls full of water, and farewelling interns

December 7, 2011 | Milkwood Farm | 2 comments | Author:

Six weeks after constructing some zuni bowls as part of our watershed restoration, our structures are full of water for the first time! Exciting to see.


Hydrology and sandpits: Cam Wilson at Milkwood

November 27, 2011 | Milkwood Farm, Resources | 0 comments | Author:

Recently we had Cam Wilson up at Milkwood Farm doing some guest teaching on our Spring Permaculture Design Certificate. And he brought his lovely family along too! All the kids gave the sandpit a goodly workout while Cam worked his … Read More


Making a Zuni Bowl: Let the Water do the Work

November 4, 2011 | Permaculture Techniques, Resources, Watershed Restoration | 27 comments | Author:

A zuni bowl is a riparian restoration technique involving rocks, water, biology and time. It’s a great way of dealing with a small headcut (or erosion which is about to become a headcut) in order to prevent that headcut continuing … Read More