Cropfest: celebrating the wonky veg: Sydney, March 28

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Cropfest is all about celebrating the three legged carrot, the eggplant with a nose and all those perfectly good veggies which don’t make it to market because they don’t ‘look right’.

It’s going to be a big evening of hands-on cooking classes, live music and making merry, right in the heart of Sydney…  Continue reading

Home-grown Shiitake Logs: harvest time

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Growing shiitakes on logs is a great idea for any backyard or small farm food system. Partly because after the burst of work needed at the start, you don’t need to think about them for a fair while, until they’re ready.

Then there’s the main reason that shiitake logs are a great idea. Because eventually, one rainy day, you get shiitakes. Oh so good…  Continue reading

Visiting The Agrarian Kitchen in New Norfolk, Tasmania

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What a gorgeous place this is – bursting with organically grown food, fruit, herbs and animals, and boasting the prettiest cooking school we ever did see.

Just when I thought Tasmania couldn’t get any better…  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

Announcing: David Holmgren & our Winter PDC

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We are excited to announce that David Holmgren, co-originator of Permaculture, will be joining Nick as a special guest teacher on our Winter Permaculture Design Certificate course happening this July in Sydney.

Here’s why we think this is such a big deal: Continue reading

How to go Mushroom Foraging this Autumn (if you live near Sydney)

‘Tis the season to go shrooming! Autumn is the time of year that all the pine mushrooms pop their heads up on the forest floor, offering a feast of fungi goodness.

But how do you do it? How do you know what to pick and what to avoid? Aha. There are ways, my friends. And here’s two good ones…  Continue reading

Visiting Buena Vista Farm (and an upcoming course there, too)

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Perched on green headlands with rich volcanic soil below, mountains behind and the wide blue of the Pacific out front, Buena Vista Farm is a pretty special place.

And as a bonus, it’s peopled by an awesome young farming family producing beyond organic food for their community, and doing it with a smile…  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

Sandor Katz in Hobart: Workshop photos

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A room full of Hobart’s chefs, bakers, brewers, farmers and current and would-be fermenters. A large amount of vegetables. Jars and graters and chopping boards everywhere.

And, then, the descent into kraut-laden chaos…  Continue reading

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