It’s actually quite hard to sum up 2011. It was so big. So vast. So amazing. Such a learning curve, in so many ways! But I’ll try.
I started off with one iconic image per month, but that just didn’t cut it. How do you chose between making a pig tractor, and working with Joel Salatin, when both happened in August? I had to take liberties here and there.
January, Sydney: Ashar watering the plants at Alexandria Park Community Garden, during our Summer Urban PDC
January, Milkwood Farm: installing the water tanks! (click for article)
February, Milkwood Farm: first ever warré beehive inspection! (click for article)
February, Milkwood Farm: earthbag building… (click for article)
February, Milkwood Farm: making a pocket rocket stove (click for article)
April, Kiama: visiting the amazing school garden designed by Aaron Sorensen + Dan Deighton (click for article)
April, Milkwood Farm: Interns Chris and Bel planting turnips…
April, Milkwood Farm: Intern Kade’s home-tanning project (feral deer)…
May, Milkwood Farm: gabion wall completed! (click for article)
June, Milkwood Farm: here comes the (kinda) stable DIY solar powered remote area internet (click for article)
June, Milkwood Farm: rawbale chicken coop. (click for article)
June, Sydney: permablitz at Alexandria with Harris the plant-whisperer (click for article)
August, somewhere near Brewarrina: Nick kickin’ cotton on his way to meet Allan Savory (click for article)
July, Milkwood Farm: Nick in the halfway-there tinyhouse (vale, Jesha) – (click for article)
August, Jamberoo: Joel Salatin talking ‘beyond organic’ farming to the crowd (click for article)
August, Milkwood Farm: pig tractor preparing ground for market garden (click for article)
September, Milkwood Farm: Organic market garden, here we come… (click for article)
September, Windeyer: Interns Jurgen, Olivier and Rose the chef at the local spring fair
October, Milkwood Farm: rain, rain and more rain, with intern Sabina inspecting the top swale
October, Milkwood Farm: in which we all fell in love with Rose’s sourdough… (click for article)
October, Goolma: Pasture Cropping pioneer Col Seis in action (click for article)
October, Milkwood Farm: Nick + Eugenio Gras, mexican biofertilizer and chromatography trailblazer (click for article)
November, Milkwood Farm: making a zuni bowl (click for article)
November, Milkwood Farm: OMG Stephen with the first of our beetroot harvest (click for article)
November, Milkwood Farm: PDC students and milkwood folk. Crazy awesome crew
November, Milkwood Farm: first warré honeycomb harvest, loaded with pollen… (click for article)
December, Milkwood Farm: Intern Olivier swaps to chef so that Rose can attend a permaculture course – everyone’s happy!
December, Milkwood Farm: harvesting from our now abundant market garden…
Whew! And that’s not the half of it – so many things happened this year! Projects started, projects ongoing, rural stuff, city stuff, amazing people met, amazing dog farewelled, baby growing, farm growing, people growing…
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Milkwood journey in 2011. Teachers, students, farmers, city slickers, friends, family and animals. Not necessarily in that order. We wish each and every one of you a great and glorious 2012.
That is a beautiful pictorial review of the year – and WOW! what a lot of happenings and adventuries…. so happy to be a part of it.
WOW supercalafabulishous! what a year!
Hey where are the photos of you, Kirsten?
curse of the photographer! I did look for acceptable ones but couldn’t really find any that I didn’t look either delirious, munted or asleep in…
Makes me want to come and stay for a while, at the very least a visit
With all that happening no wonder you look ‘delirious, munted or asleep’ in any of the photos of you Kirsten! Congrats on a fantastic year and best wishes for 2012! Regards, Jo. 🙂
Great year Milkwooders! Very inspiring to see the progress you guys are making. Keep it up!
Awesome! Enjoying your adventures (and wonderful photos) from afar. Power on!
Don’t tell me I’m the first one to notice the statement, “baby growing”?!?!?
If it’s true (and you’re not talking about the pigs – who would more than likely be gestating more than one bambino) congratulations.
Really REALLY happy for you guys. I know you’ve both achieved a lot in terms of your farm, but keeping your family going and growing is probably the best part of it all!
Wow, huge year!
The Joel Salatin workshop in Jamberoo was the highlight of my year, so a big thanks to you guys for making that happen.
It’s exciting to think about what 2012 will bring!
Was great to meet you Darrren! All the best for 2012!