Welcome to the Milkwood Book Club – the cosiest place on the internet. A sunny spot to curl up in with a really great book and learn a heap of new climate-positive skills while you’re at it.
Find a list of books we love below – we add to it regularly. It’s a collection of deeply useful, fascinating and inspiring books that we reckon you’ll love too.
You can also follow along at #MilkwoodBookClub, where Kirsten records quick videos on why each of these books deserve a spot in your bookshelf.
So – ready to get going with permaculture, weed foraging, seed saving, fermenting, mushroom foraging, rainwater harvesting and a heap more?
Mosey through our list below – these are the books we’ve loved and relied on during our past 15+ years of permaculture living. Plus plenty of new favourites too!
And don’t forget to check your local library, which may have copies you can borrow to read.
Two useful seed saving books
These two generous books have all the info you need to start, or continue, the vital work of saving, storing and sharing seeds from plants you’re growing in your patch:
- The Seed Savers’ Handbook by Michel and Jude Fanton
- Seed to Seed – Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth
Video: Seed Saving Basics & Starting Your Own Seed Bank – a free lesson from inside our online Permaculture Living course.
Three favourite fermenting books
These are all written by the legendary fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz (from the USA). Any one of these books will get you on the road to fermenting everything from veg, fruit, meat, milk and loads more, while lowing your food waste and bettering your gut health.
- Wild Fermentation, The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods, by Sandor Katz
- The Art of Fermentation, by Sandor Katz
- Sandor Katz’s Fermentation Journeys, Recipes, Techniques, and Traditions from around the World, by Sandor Katz
How To Pickle & Lacto-ferment Veggies – Video + Resources – a free workshop replay video.
Two great rainwater harvesting books
These fantastic books are for anyone wanting to harvest, direct, redirect or otherwise make friends with rainwater, at any scale, and in any climate (this is YOU, just by the way)… so we can all ‘catch and store’ this amazing free resource to create abundance and resilience.
- Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1, by Brad Lancaster (also here on Booktopia)
- Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 2, by Brad Lancaster (also here on Booktopia)
Rainwater Harvesting at Home for Beginners – a free workshop replay video.
Any recommendations you’d like to share?
So – do you have any great must-read books for learning practical skills? Drop them in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.
And you can see all our part articles on book recommendations here.
Together We Can by Claire O’Rourke – Everyday Australians doing amazing things to give our planet a future. Available 19 July 2022. Claire spent a year talking to dozens of Australians taking action on climate change, connecting with others and bringing meaningful hope to our future.
I love Hannah Maloney’s book The Good Life. It covers so many subjects steering towards sustainability and greener choices, and her contagious energy and attitude makes me feel I can actually achieve these things too!
yep! defo will add 🙂
‘Composting’ by Bob Flowerdew. Everything on the why, how and when of creating compost! 😊