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Milkwood: Real Skills for Down-to-Earth Living

by Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar

Published in 2018 by Murdock Books

Cloth Bound Paperback  |  304 pages  |  ISBN: 9781743364116

Book Overview by Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar are passionate about living simply and re-skilling households and communities to create resilient, low-impact and positive futures that are accessible to all.

Milkwood is the name of Kirsten and Nick’s first farm and also their education enterprise where they teach thousands of students permaculture skills and design. The name Milkwood represents softness and strength, sustenance and shelter.

For the last 10 years, their lives have been bursting with farm food, earthen buildings, closed-loop systems, milking goats, keeping bees and foraging, so this book shares some of the skills they’ve learnt. 

  • Do you want to learn how to grow your own vegetables?
  • Or how to keep bees?
  • How to forage for edible seaweed along the shoreline, or wild greens down by the stream?
  • Maybe you’re curious about growing mushrooms or how to grow the perfect tomato.

If so, this book invites you to make these skills your own.

It’s a beautiful cloth-bound book and Kirsten and Nick have selected 5 practical themes that are their favourite ways to live a home-made life.  It’s a book to keep on your coffee table to look through when you have a few spare minutes with a warm cup of tea.  Keep your notebook handy to jot down all the practical, user-friendly tips that you can apply in your own life.

With permaculture and down-to-earth living as the underlying principles, this book is divided into 5 chapters.

Chapter 1: The Tomato

Chapter 2: Mushroom Cultivation

Chapter 3: Natural Beekeeping

Chapter 4: Seaweed

Chapter 5: Wild Food  

A joyful guide to how to grow, eat and live in harmony with nature.

– Indira Naidoo, The Edible Balcony