Sometimes reading a book, doing a course or having a good chat just isn’t enough. You need to get out, put your hands in the soil and learn from experience. For anyone who has done a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), you’ll know the feeling – inspired, overwhelmed and itching to get something started. Whether it be small or large scale, Permaculture principles have the potential for broad application and provide scope for both urban and rural environments.
So here we are: Amelie, Bel, Christian and Kade, four enthusiastic interns learning the day-to-day practicalities of life on a permaculture farm at Milkwood. Each of us have our own set of life experiences, personal interests and expectations (and oddities). In this way, we all bring unique and diverse viewpoints to the table.
Milkwood has been running an internship program for the last year, providing the opportunity for PDC graduates to gain on-site experience by participating in farm chores, system establishment and the running of on-farm courses. It operates in a similar way to WWOOFing: we work hard and we get food, shelter and a tonne of knowledge in return, huzzah!
Located in Mudgee NSW, Milkwood is a small organic family farm and a Permaculture Demonstration Farm in the making. Milkwood features an array of permaculture design features, such as passive-solar housing, a food forest, seedball production, kitchen gardens, and permaculture earthworks and water-harvesting features.
Over the next two months, Kade, Christian, Bel and Amelie will document their experience day to day or week to week and in turn provide insights and information on the machinations of a Permaculture Farm. We hope that future Interns will maintain this Blog keeping you updated.