Author Archives: Kirsten

artist, farmer, crisp-apple biter,
mammal, mother, lover, fighter.

Madeira Vine: an ironic Harvest

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Now that we’re gardening in a frost-free area we have to get acquainted with a new bunch of sub tropical-ish weeds. This week, it’s been all about the Madeira Vine. In our new garden, the stuff is everywhere.

Look up Madeira vine and you will find gazillions of references to its invasive and terrible habits. But did you know that it’s edible?  Continue reading

Snowy times at Tim’s Warre Apiary

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One of the gorgeous features of a Warré Hive is their cute gabled roofs. In Australia, those gables help primarily with insulating the hive from extreme heat (and therefore lowering colony stress) by providing circulation.

The Warré Hive was, however, developed in France – and those beautiful gabled roofs were originally designed for winter snows! Which is exactly what our friends at Malfroy’s Gold Warré apiary in Rocklea had a bunch of this week…  Continue reading

Help us build The Open Food Network!

Ok folks, we’re excited about this one: an Aussie-initiated open source food network dedicated to connecting producers with consumers, every which way you can imagine.

Yes, I know. There are a lot of these kinda ideas out there. They’ve all got their hearts in the right place. But we rekon THIS ONE has not only legs, but some seriously amazing potential.  Continue reading

Our 5 Fave Market Gardening tools: Allsun Farm

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When it comes to learning market gardening from the experts, we think Michael and Joyce from Allsun Farm are up there with the best.

They walked us through setting up our original market garden at the old Milkwood property in Mudgee many years ago, and are still teaching our Organic Market Gardening Masterclass at their thriving productive property in Gundaroo, NSW.  Continue reading

What we learned this week: Amazonian Fungi + Gummy Pigs

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Hey folks, we’re trying a new thingy. Like many out there, I love (like, really love) finding out about good news and articles that (generally) sit squarely outside the mainstream media.

But I don’t want to spend my life glued to the screen in order to find it all.

So, incase this is you too, I thought we’d write a weekly round-up of excellent bits and pieces we’ve discussed and heard about in our weekly process of milkwooding. Here goes…  Continue reading

A Fab day of Fermenting (and a Kimchi recipe)

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A few Sundays back, we took over a guestaurant in Redfern to get messy. Cabbage was chopped, vegetables were brined, milk was kefir-ed, kombucha was drunk and much was learned.

All in the glorious undertaking of learning how to use fermentation to make healthful and seriously delicious stuff out of simple fresh ingredients. Triple yum.  Continue reading

Researching: DIY vertical garden ideas that actually look good

 

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One of the wonderful things about permaculture design is that with every new project comes a new challenge and the search for a great solution that ticks all the boxes.

That’s where we are at the moment.  Continue reading

Resources for new foragers

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There may be no greater kick you can get than that twinge of excitement when you come across food ripe for the foraging.

Whether it’s a loaded lemon tree hanging over your neighbour’s fence, weeds run rampant in a spare paddock nearby, a forest filled with pine mushrooms or a blackberry bush by the side of a quiet road, there’s a lot of joy in stumbling across food freebies.  Continue reading

SE Permaculture Convergence this August…

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Hey folks of South East New South Wales persuasion…. do you know about this excellent weekend gathering coming up?  Continue reading

So here we are…

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All moved in to our little rental house. The pantry is full of Mudgee passata, large baskets of last seasons’ potatoes, and the remains of the garlic harvest.

The walls are faintly pink, the decor somewhat questionable and the rainwater (currently) gets piped off to god-knows where. There is a lemon tree, and a back fence. And a plan…  Continue reading

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