Category Archives: Milkwood Farm

Time is All We Have

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Recently I was at a friend’s beautiful little off-grid house, and it was wash-up time.

Time to boil the kettle, get the big bowl and stand out at the table in the evening air, watching the sun set over the valley. That’s wash up time, at Autumn Farm.  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

Forward Ho…

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So we have a little bit of news. After 7 amazing years of growing, building, designing, digging, planting, watering, re-planting, driving to and from town (a lot), laying pipes, fixing pumps, teaching, harvesting, sharing and learning… we’re ready for the next phase.

We’ve decided, after much deliberation, to decamp from our rather remote little farm in the hills of Mudgee for a while – to be closer to community, and closer to the resources we need, in order to further what we’re building with Milkwood.  Continue reading

Autumn chores: compost, ducks and beans…

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It’s the time of year to shell the beans for saving (and eating), to pick the last of the rocket, to take the tomato trellises down.

Time to make compost of the in-edible bits of the harvest’s tail end, in order to cycle nutrient for next season’s growth…  Continue reading

After the rain…

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The surface of the house dam was all dotted in foamy bits, and frogs were a-croaking everywhere. So we got up early the next morning, after the rain, and went on down to inspect…  Continue reading

Summer is DONE (but our garden is not)

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So officially, Summer is done and dusted. Which is fine with me, if it means Autumn rains aplenty. By the Milkwood Farm clock, however, we’re still right smack bang in Summer, for a few more weeks at least.

Tomatoes absolutely everywhere, corn coming on, beans about to ripen, cucurbits extra absolutely everywhere, and Surprise! more ducklings. Ah, Summer…  Continue reading

We went to find a Willow Tree

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With weaving on our minds. Yet another use for this wonderful weed…  Continue reading

The Ethics of Almost

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The other day I was making a belated breakfast for myself. As I was assembling this quick meal of picnic dregs, it struck me that two of the ingredients fitted into the ‘local, ethical and awesome’ category, and one did not. So I took a photo.  Continue reading

Bean Tipi Rising

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Like everyone else I know, we’ve been meaning to make one of these for years. And this was the Spring we finally got around to erecting the inaugural Milkwood bean tipi! Huzzah.  Continue reading

We’re in Organic Gardener Mag!

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The article that stemmed from an interview that Jacq from Organic Gardener Magazine came and did with us in early Spring is finally out, in their December issue!  Continue reading

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