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About Belinda

Hi, I'm Belinda and this *was* Forward [E]Motion. I blog over here now: See you there. xx

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Sometimes we work. Sometimes we just say silly things…

thanks for the clarification.

oh Amelie/so true Kade, so true.

...we hope not?


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Notes – Chicken Coop and mulch run

New chicken coop to be constructed with a 15m run to produce manured deep mulch to be used around property

Desire for meat and egg laying birds

Desire to raise chickens from eggs

Utilize new chicken tractor

Points to consider

size and construction of coop – materials – recycled from around property –

Dimensions = 1600w x 1800L x 2400 on high side1200H low side with Skillion roof

Pitch of roof – est 30 degrees

water harvesting off roof into a seres of water barrels down slope that overflow into swale

Coop on stilts with slat floor to keep clean

Deep mulch run 3m x 15m

Laying box size – 400 x 400mm per 5 birds

dimensions for perches:

number of perches = 3 – (200mm per bird)

perches = 50mm diameter

1st perch optimum height from floor = 1200mm

spaces between = 400mm (back and above)

position for coop on property

position of tractor on property

chick raising program and equipment needed – hen raised

seperating broody hens into own portable pen

breeds of chickens for each purpose

– Australorps and Favorelle for meat and eggs

– Indian Game for meat

– Aracauna for eggs (existing)

Number of birds for coop – max 20

Number of birds for tractor – approx 10

growing forage near by – Millet, Buckwheat, Amaranth, sunflowers

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Adventures in Permaculture

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.

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