Tag Archives: permaculture

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

5 ideas to kickstart your Urban Permaculture

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Think you’ve got no room to grow? Sure you do.

If you have a bathroom, a kitchen bench or just an steely resolve, you’ve got what it takes for growing urban goodness…  Continue reading

Forage Farming


The idea of forage farming has gotten a bad rap in recent years – it’s considered akin to subsistence farming, which no-one in their right mind would leave their well paid city job to go and do, right? I mean, we’re successful people. We have serious dreams.

We didn’t work this hard and buy land just to dig in the dirt for a random root or something for dinner. We expect to invest lots of energy into creating food producing systems that look like a serious farm, that matches up with our serious dreams and serious commitment to downsizing, while trying not to look like peasants.  Continue reading

David Holmgren resources giveaway

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In celebration (and anticipation) of hosting the insightful and awesome David Holmgren for an Advanced Permaculture Principles and planning tools course in Sydney this July, here’s a pack of fabulous resources we’d like to give to someone… Continue reading

Establish the paths, and the orchard with follow…

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We want the Holistic Orchard site at Milkwood Farm to be super productive, beautiful and also accessible – we’re establishing this orchard on a slope just below the Tiny House (and irrigating it with grey water) so we’ll be visiting it regularly.

And as I’ve mentioned, well designed paths can define and enhance a forest garden. And also make it much easier and more pleasurable to establish the whole thing. Which means you’re more likely to see the full establishment phase through, and end up with a glorious home orchard…   Continue reading

Holding back the Doom with a big fat stick


At Milkwood, we spend the majority of our time focusing on positivistic strategies for an uncertain future. This is mostly because the other way of looking at the future has a big flashing ‘here be dragons’ sign on it.

Like everyone else, we know what’s happening out there in the big wide world. We know that there’s many gigantic problems, that the climate is changing, and that our granchildren’s world will definitely not look like this one.

It’s scary stuff. And yes, it does sometimes keep me awake at night. But then it’s morning again. Start where you are, use what you have, do what you canContinue reading

Giveaway: Introduction to Permaculture book

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So who would like a copy of this fabulous book? It’s one of the favourites of our permaculture library, and also the textbook we give out to students at our Intro to Permaculture courses.

The reason for choosing this as our introductory textbook is simple: it’s a great introduction to permaculture theory and practice. It’s also a good choice as a gift, if you’re looking to get someone excited about ecological design… Continue reading

A visit to Melliodora with David Holmgren

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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 say the least. To add to that, the purpose of the visit was for Dave Jacke to spend time with David and Su while he was in Australia. You can imagine the intensely wonderful conversations that went down!  Continue reading

Upcoming: Intro to Permaculture in Sydney in April

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Nearly time for our next Intro to Permaculture course! It’s coming up fast on the 13 – 14 April in Sydney.

Nick teaches this course as a two day intensive that aims to give students a solid grounding in permaculture theory as applies to the everyday. It’s all about taking the big ideas, concepts and advantages of biomimicry, and applying them at home…  Continue reading

Permaculture: a Rhymer’s Manual (and a barn dance)

What better soundtrack for Christmas than combining two essential ingredients for a good life: permaculture, and ukulele. Permaculture: A Rhymer’s manual is a set of songs based on David Holmgren’s 12 permaculture principles, created with the idea that education and learning resources come in many forms, so why not. We love em.

This week at Milkwood Farm we kicked up our heels with The Barn Dance at the End of the World, with special guest Charlie (aka Permaculture Ukulele). Charlie was so much fun we thought we’d share a bit about his project Permaculture: A Rhymer’s manual as the ultimate Christmas soundtrack…

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