Milkwood: Kirsten & Nick

Sharing permaculture skills, for living like it matters 🌱 Milkwood Book 1 out Sept 2018 🛠 Online guides + workshops in NSW & VIC👇🏽

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First ever Sloe Gin on the make... 1/3 sloes (a particularly aromatic but prettymuch inedible plum-ish thing) and 2/3 gin... .
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Basically you tip out 1/3 of a gin bottle and plink-plunk the little sloes in... by the time you’re done it looks like 2/3 sloes but you get what I mean - right?
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Now we apparently leave it for a few months, then discard sloes and add sweetener to taste. Will report back midwinter. #Melliodora #sloegin #slowgin .
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#homemadegrog #sloes #whatcouldpossiblygowrong #seasonalliving

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We’re not the only ones happy it’s the weekend - this bucket of pearl oysters was SO happy it grew out the filter holes in the lid too! .
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When the mycelium celebrate, that’s good enough for us ☺️ looking forward to a big weekend of no-waste growing skills at our last VIC Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation course until spring... will see if these little lovelies are ready for lunch on Sunday. Depends on the weather, but one can wish...
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Hoping your weekend is as full of life as a bursting bucket of shrooms ❤️🍄 #milkwoodmushrooms #permacultureskills .
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#Melliodora #mushroomcultivation #mushroombucket #nowastemushroomcultivation #permaculture #permacultureliving #resilience #growmushrooms #pleurotusostreatus #milkwoodbook1 #fungifriday

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Picking loads of veg to feed our students at this weekend’s Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation course - tomato, lentil and saffron milkcap mushroom soup coming up, with a very cucumber-y salad...⠀
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It’s been a few years since we’ve been able to cook for students like this, but the Milkwood kitchen is once more on fire - literally, actually, as we’re woodfired and solar powered... it feels so good to be able to feed people while they’re busy learning again ☺️ #cucumbersforeveryone #permaculturecatering #Melliodora .
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#permaculture #biointensive #redsoilgarden #permacultureliving #homegrown #organicgardening #organicgardenermag #homesteading #seasonaleating

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The Sun is contained in a thousand places, not only in the sky.
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First honey harvest for the season today, from the langstroth hives at #Melliodora that we’ve converted to natural comb / natural management techniques. No queen excluders, no chemicals, no artificial foundation, always nadiring and minimal interference. The queen roams free, the superorganism is kept intact, the bees are super healthy and there’s honey to spare. Yessss. #naturalbeekeeping #milkwoodbook1 .
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Props to mentor @malfroys_wild_honey for showing us the ways ❤️🐝
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#permaculture #apiculture #permacultureskills #bees #savethebees #organicbeekeeping #homesteading #pollinators #seasonalliving #apismellifera #backyardbeekeeping

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A posy for the next 15L batch of dill cucumber pickles... horseradish leaves for the top and bottom of the barrel (to add tannin, flavour & crunch) and green fennel seedheads just to mix things up a bit. In 10 days time we will be swimming in (even more) pickle juice and I’m not even sorry. #picklesforever #permacultureliving #Melliodora .
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#seasonalliving #permacultureliving #dillpickles #lactofermentation #wildfermentation #swimminginpickles #resilience #homesteading #growyourown #picklesforlife #permaculture #pickles

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Just over a month now until our Autumn ‘Intro to Market Gardening’ course, which focuses on chemical-free ways to get a market garden growing! We’ve got kickass vegetable farmer Olivier Sofo leading the learning, and the course is being held in partnership with none other than Pocket City Farms - a fabulous example of urban veg growing on rented land (and whose founders did this course)... .
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Suitable for dreamers, landholders, gardeners looking to scale up, keen beans with access to rented land, permaculture designers, urban designers, and anyone else wanting to plan and grow food on a community scale... details on our website, link in profile. Please feel free to spread the word, this is the only course of its kind in Australia! 👨🏻🌾👩🏽🌾🌽🥕🙌🏾 #organicmarketgarden #growbetternotbigger #localfoodmovement #urbanfarming .
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#permaculture #permacultureskills #growinginthecity #growyougoodthings #localfood #resilience #localfoodsystems #growwhereyoulive #retrosuburbia #fairfood

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Every time a new vegetable or fruit ripens for the season, all I can think is “isn’t that the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen”...
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I say/think this, I realise, for literally everything - from beans to lettuce to plums to asparagus to even alfalfa sprouts. But I mean it - every time.
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And for flint corn, I say it twice.
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#Melliodora #paintedmountaincorn #permacultureliving .
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#corn #heritageseeds #heirloomvegetables #seedsaving #seasonalliving #permacultureskills #permaculture #biointensive #resilience #homesteading #homegrown #futuretortillas #flintcorn #localfood #themostbeautifulthing

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Nashi time! Gathered these not-quite-ripe ones from a fallen branch the other day, but the rest will be ready soon... they make perfect lunchbox fillers when fresh, but what we REALLY love to do with nashi is dry them in slices. Then they become snacks and more lunchbox fillers, all the winter long... our fave dried fruit ever - so chewy and sweet. #Melliodora #nashi #driedfruitforeveryone .
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#permacultureliving #storingtheseason #seasonalliving #foodpreservation #homesteading #nashipear #permaculture #perennials #permacultureorchard

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Farmer Olivier with his little one Naia, having a quick lunch amongst their tomato crop... so looking forward to hosting this excellent human, farmer and teacher in just over a month for our Autumn 'Intro to Organic Market Gardening' course at @pocketcityfarms - it's going to be a cracker.
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Together with his wife Falani, Oliver grows premium organic veg on rented land in the southern highlands at @living.earth.farm - and we're so lucky that he's taking three days off to share his knowledge in this course! Future farmers, we'd love to see you there... details via our profile #organcifarming #growbetternotbigger #permacultureskills 🌱🙌.
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#urbanfarming #urbanfarm #growyougoodthings #localfood #fairfood #localfoodsystems #knowyourfarmer

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I’ve always loved how tomatoes ripen firstly from the top of their bunches, then slowly downwards... the grades of colour and anticipation are so delicious. For the last few weeks we’ve been picking and eating with gusto, but it’s just about time to get serious on the tomato front around here... over the next weeks we’ll be making big bubbling pots and jars of passata and paste - and drying them on trays and racks also. ⠀⠀
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It’s a bit crazy fitting all this in ontop of life just now... but in the middle of winter, when our cupboards are full of summer to feed and warm us after windy and rainy farm chores, it will all be worth it, I know... 🍅 #permacultureskills #allthetomatoes .
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#Melliodora #permaculture #resilience #retrosuburbia #catchandstoreenergy #growingtomatoes #seasonaleating #nowaste #urbanfarming #permaculturedesign #homesteading #homegrown #passata #milkwoodbook1

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A quiet evening in with our friends, the mycelium... 😂
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Checking DIY agar plates with cloned bits of mushroom, which have (mostly) grown healthy new mycelium ready to be turned into spawn... can’t wait to share these with our next batch of mushroom cultivation students! 🤓🍄 #milkwoodmushrooms #permacultureskills .
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#mycology #mushroomcultivation #urbanfarming #mushrooms #growyourown #milkwoodbook1

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Offerings to the mushroom gods, beneath the apple trees... these are mushroom logs, inoculated with oyster mushrooms and also pioppino - with spawn drilled into holes, or sandwiched between layers, or backfilled into notches. Some with buried bases, some not. All sealed with beeswax (and a few nails) and now slumbering for a season or so beneath the apple trees at our back door - to let the mycelium hopefully do their thing and slowly, slowly turn these waste logs into delicious delights. Fingers crossed for a bountiful harvest, sometime in the future. Thanks once again to Peter McCoy and all the students on our recent Radical Mycology in Permaculture course... your offerings live on! #radicalmycology #milkwoodmushrooms

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Coming up! We're holding a 'Serious Backyard Veggies' workshop in Sydney to help keen (but not yet green) folks get off to a roaring start with their backyard abundance! Autumn + Winter is actually a great time of year to start a garden - the massive heat (and dry) is over, and you can get outside and get growing. Taught by fabulous organic market gardener Michael Hewins, it's a big weekend of knowledge, tips and tricks to start (or progress) a truly awesome veggie patch - to ensure resilience and lots of fresh food for your whole family. Details in our profile today - we'd love to see you there ☺️🌱 #organicgardening #seriousbackyardveggies.
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#permaculture #homesteading #gardening #growyourown #permaculturedesign #urbanfarming #nowaste

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A massive Thankyou to everyone who came out to the ‘Transforming The Suburbs’ panel yesterday at @slfestivalaus ... .
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It was SUCH a good discussion and a fitting ending to a big weekend launching David Holmgren’s new book #Retrosuburbia ... so good too to have @solefoodfarms ‘s Michael Ableman, @kat.lavers , Dominique Hess and of course @costasworld all in the mix all at once... bring on the future of retro suburban living, we’re ready ❤️💥📖🌱 ( and thanks for the pics, Oliver Holmgren!) #retrosuburbia #permaculturedesign #permacultureliving #permaculture

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Ah, borlotti... so beautiful on the vine and also later, dried and enjoyed in our winter soups... I can even forgive you for being a climbing variety when your packet said you were a bush bean (and if THAT’S not true love I don’t know what is)...
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Definitely growing these again, but with a trellis (🤦🏽‍♀️). So good to find a new bean that does well here! What’s everyone growing in their bean patch this season? #resilience #permacultureliving #storagecrops
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#permaculture #beans #borlotti #homesteading #seasonalliving #homegrown #organicgardening

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High Summer is officially here. Today’s ‘day off’ (haha) tasks include but are not limited to...
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Tomato passata + paste, bottled nectarines, goats feta, dill gherkins, bread and butter cucumber pickle, bread and butter zucchini pickles, zucchini cake, and a few whey sodas and fermented salsas on the side 💥💃🏽... but there is also wine and coffee, so my hopes for survival are good. Happy Sunday afternoon lovelies! #Melliodora #highsummer #permacultureliving .
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#organicgardening #permaculture #homesteading #seasonalliving #onmyfloor #earthfloor #zucchiniapocalypse #hoorayforsummer

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A block-rockin time was had by all this morning at the #Retrosuburbia book launch (for David Holmgren’s future permaculture classic) down at the @slfestivalaus ... any party that has both the co-originator of permaculture and Costa getting down at the same time is one we wouldn’t miss! So good. As the saying goes; ‘if I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution’... 🙌🏾.
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Will post a review of this super book this week, in the meantime all the launch action is in our stories... thanks for coming, everyone! ❤️📖🌱 #permaculture #slf2018 @costasworld @formidableveg .
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#davidholmgren #permaculturedesign #ificantdanceidontwanttobepartofyourrevolution #resilience #slf #sustainablelivingfestival

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The first of the nectarines are here... sweet and juicy, fat and gorgeous, with basket and basketfulls to pick before they drop. We will eat them, and dry them, and bottle them, and eat some more.
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Nectarines are one of the few stoned fruits that produce nearly-always awesome tasting fruit from self-sown seedlings - you don’t need to graft them to get a good result. Which means we have a lot of these trees around #Melliodora, and down the gully too - all heaving with just-about-ripe fruit. Which is fine by me, I’ve got a ladder and plenty of baskets. .
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Local friends, pm me if you want to trade, cause we’ve got plenty to share! 😋🍑 #permacultureliving #perennials #nectarines #everywhere
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#permaculture #resilience #seasonalliving #seasonaleating #homegrown #homesteading #selfsown #bloodydelicious

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The power of goat. This gully that Willow and her kids are standing in used to be choked with blackberries - completely impassable. But by bringing the #Melliodora goats down here each day over summer and tethering them here and there, year after year, it now looks like this - with native grasses coming through, fodder for wallabies, passage for trail walkers, wild plum and apple trees to pick, and usage for all that live nearby. It’s our local commons. .
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The byproducts of this 100% organic, low tech weed control process have included lots (and lots) of goats milk and cheese, shared amongst the community; healthy goats with fresh fodder, healthier ecosystems and healthy humans. Not a single chemical application needed - no poisoned wildlife, no flow-on effects into our food systems and our children’s bodies. .
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We have the solutions, folks - we just need to make the time and space in our lives and communities to use them ❤️🐐 (all the action of gully/goats is in our stories today) #permaculture #springcreekcommunityforest .
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#permaculture #goatsaregreat #permacultureliving #permacultureskills #goatsofinstagram

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Home-made whey soda with plums and peaches. So freaking easy and a total winner on these hot days. Here’s what to do: .
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Take some fresh plums and peaches (or any fruit), cut them up and put in a big jar. Add a 1/2 cup of active whey (from the top of your yogurt, or from cheesemaking). Add a litre or so of filtered water, a big glug of honey and stir, stir, stir. Keep it on your kitchen bench for a day or so, stirring regularly, until the top starts frothing (like this). At this point, strain the fruit (eat it if you like) and stick the bottles of whey soda in the fridge to cool and slow fermentation. Best enjoyed in a day or two, by everyone. Fizzy, fruity, probiotic YUM. Enjoy x😋 #wildfermentation #summerfruit .
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#milkwoodbook1 #permaculture #permacultureskills #fermentation #homesteading #seasonaleating #wheysoda #naturalsoda #homemade #onmytable

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For the first time in many years, this 150 year old mama pear tree is LOADED with pears, which is making the local parrots very happy (screechingly happy, even). .
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The downside is that you need to wear a helmet in the treehouse to prevent being donked on the head by half-eaten fruit. The perils of a bountiful summer 🍐 #melliodora #permacultureliving .
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#permaculture #somanypears #happyparrots #wearahelmet #perennials #muskparrots #treehouse

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Field testing some seriously awesome foraging tools for @fdryantools this week... watch out, dandelions! I’m a comin for yer tasty roots... #foraging #watchoutdandelions .
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#melliodora #permaculture #permacultureskills #wildfood #seasonalliving

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Wow what a weekend - we were lucky enough to have Peter McCoy of @radmycology in town, teaching a big crew of students the ways of mycology in permaculture... and it was RAD.
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Tinctures, mycoremediation, liquid culture, dirty cultivation, medicinals, hacks, design, growing fungal community and so much more. We’re thoroughly exhausted and inspired in equal measure. Thanks to everyone who came to learn, and to our awesome crew and community for helping make it happen. The mycelium is the message! 🍄❤️ #radicalmycology #milkwoodmushrooms .
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#melliodora #milkwoodbook1 #mushroomcultivation #mushroomgrowing #permaculture #permacultureliving #permacultureskills #homesteading #resilience #wildmedicine

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All the forest things needed for a ‘healing balm’, according to our little person (and I’d say he’s pretty darn close). All herbs/fungi now being steeped in a jar of olive oil and shaken enthusiastically during teeth brushing each day. Whether we actually USE the resulting balm is another question but hey, the enthusiasm is there. Next project is a proper comfrey salve. .
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Also HOW GOOD is @walkabout_education ‘s new Bush Foods book? So good. Totally kid friendly also, which makes it even better. All kids (and adults too) need more books like these in their lives ❤️🙌🏾 #foragingwithkids #permaculture #wildmedicine .
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#springcreekcommunityforest #wildfood #milkwoodbook1 #herbalmedicine #letthemplay #naturebasedlearning #resilience #hepburnshire

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Not all wreaths hang on walls. Pruned tansy and beach-cast kelp, in a bucket of rainwater. A gift for next spring’s garden beds.⠀
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We’ll add some comfrey to this brew, then put a lid on it and forget about it for 6 months minimum. By springtime, it will be goopy and glorious plant food, with all the goodness of sea and shore, ready to be strained and diluted for growing strong seedlings and veggies. #permacultureskills #organicgardening
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#milkwoodbook1 #seaweedfertilizer #homesteading #organicgrowing #catchandstoreenergy #permaculture #melliodora

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Only a week until our Street Farming Masterclasses! Because we think every city stadium car park should look like this - growing local food, however it takes and wherever there’s space - to create livelihoods, community and awesome social outcomes (and lots of carrots).
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We’ve got changemaker Michael Ableman of @solefoodfarms teaching in Sydney and in Melbourne next week to share his insights of strategy and the practical aspects of successful city farming, and we’d love to get this information out there! So if you know anyone who should come along, please tell ‘em, and/or tag them below. Details in our profile today. Thanks gang! #cityfarming #resilience #cultivatingcommunity
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#permaculture #organicfarming #greencity #localfood #fairfood #socialenterprise #michaelableman #solefoodfarms

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