A visit to Melliodora with David Holmgren

Recently Nick was lucky enough to hang out with David Holmgren for a couple of days at Melliodora, the superb small-acre permaculture site that David has established with his partner Su Dennett  in Hepburn Springs, Victoria. Being in the thick of a super-productive, comfortable and energy efficient permaculture system at harvest time was inspiring, to…

Adventures in pressure canning

I feel a little bit guilty about this. I am a committed Vacola preserver, like my mother before me, and her mother before her. We don’t can, we preserve. What is this pressure canning thing anyway? Autumn is about preserving the harvest. Autumn contains many large and bubbling vacola units, and results in beautiful preserved fruit and…

Fox is 4

Ashar Fox is 4 this week, which I guess means that Milkwood Permaculture is also officially 4 as well. Though we started Milkwood just over 6 years back, it was Ashar’s birth that woke me up. Something went click or snap at that point, and I switched from ‘hey, living in the country is kinda…

Jam Session: Damson Plums

Damsons are a much-loved preserving variety of plum, and with good reason. They’re intensely beautiful with their indigo skins and pale bloom, and their astringency means that the jam they make is divine. I was at Allsun Farm this week hosting our autumn Organic Market Garden Masterclass, and the damson tree by the back door…