Category Archives: Resources

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

Possum Living

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Nearly all us have work days where we dream of packing it all in and somehow turning life into one long holiday. And then there are those who actually do it.

Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and With (Almost) No Money is a book written in 1978 by Dolly Freed, an 18-year-old living almost entirely self-sufficiently with her father, Frank, on their half-acre plot near Philadelphia.

Though there have been many books on living frugally since then, this is one of the originals. And it’s super excellent.  Continue reading

Building a Portable Reciprocal Roundhouse Frame

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On our last Natural Building course, we built a portable reciprocal roundhouse frame. Beauty meets strength meets simplicity.

Using sapling logs (though you can use bamboo instead, or framing timber, at a pinch) plus ropes and screws, this structure went up fast and is a great foundation for all sorts of projects.  Continue reading

Planthunter interview with Nick Ritar

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Have you heard of The Planthunter yet? It’s a new online journal that explores plants, in all their universes. Edgy and interesting writing, lots of different takes and perspectives. Refreshing stuff.

Recently, Georgina from The Planthunter had a chat with Nick last week about plants and power and permaculture, and now it’s up online! Read all about it here.

Inhabit: great looking Permaculture doco Kickstarter

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We thought we’d share this one with you as it looks pretty darn fine.

INHABIT is a film project by Costa Boustikaris and Emmett Brennan, based in the Northeastern regions of the United States. It’s a doco about permaculture and features many farmers, practitioners and designers that we think are awesomesauce.  Continue reading

David Holmgren on tree crops + a book giveaway

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Those of you who have been around these parts for a while might remember a review we did a few years back of one of permaculture’s essential reads, Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russell Smith.

Some say it formed part of the basis of permaculture’s origins, as a concept. And so it goes without saying that the book is obviously a favourite of David Holmgren’s too.  Continue reading

Five of our favourite Plant Databases

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Choosing the right plant for the right spot, working with its behaviours and getting it to cooperate with others can be a little difficult at times.

Before you go getting yourself a little too lost in the world of plants (actually that sounds pretty darn good) take a look at these five plant databases… Continue reading

How to plant a tree, Milkwood style

1403 pdc treeplant01 Planting a tree is a simple act. But, as we’ve learned on a site that’s sometimes less-than-welcoming to tree establishment, there’s ways, and there’s ways that work.

Last week, with our Permaculture Design Course students, we planted oak trees. And for this site, there needs to be a little more involved than poking holes in the ground and inserting acorns into them…  Continue reading

How to: test your garden soil’s pH, and balance it for a better veggie harvest

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So you’re resolved to grow the best darn vegetables ever. You’re on a mission to feed your family nutrient-dense, organic, home-grown food, to stick it to the supermarket, and to hopefully have enough to share with friends and neighbours too.

Getting your soil’s pH balanced can help a lot. Here’s how to do it: Continue reading

Permaculture Playing Cards

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Hey look what just arrived at Milkwood Farm – permaculture playing cards! These are great.

52 cards jam-packed with interesting knowledge and a sprinkling of permaculture people profiles – I can’t wait to kick back in the shade next week with these.  Continue reading

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