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Milkwood Permaculture delivers essential, amazing and unique courses that provide you with the skills you need. Skills to activate and change your home, your farm, your garden or your world for the better. We don't do gurus and we don't coast on past success. We just deliver the best courses we can, with the best teachers we can find, in subjects and skills that matter.

We work with a range of permaculture and regenerative agriculture pioneers as well as the 'best of the new breed': educators who are forging a fresh path towards a future of successful regenerative living, farming and community.

Nick Ritar

nickNick is Milkwood Permaculture's primary educator and consultant. Nick is passionate about permaculture education, keyline design, soil, pattern literacy and regenerative agriculture. He divides his time between extensive permaculture teaching, permaculture consultancy, writing and farming in central western NSW.

Milkwood Permaculture courses involving Nick include: most upcoming Permaculture Design Certificate + Intro to Permaculture + Aquaponics courses, plus many of our past courses.

Current educators on upcoming courses include:

Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin of PolyFace Farms is a world-leading example of how a small family farm can become an extremely diverse and profitable Local Food producer, and how the benefits of Local Food Systems can create resilence, stability and abundance for both local farmers and the wider community. Featured in Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and in the films FRESH and FOOD, Inc., Joel and his family at Polyface Farms exemplify successful small-scale farming and the growing relocalization movement.

Joel is teaching on upcoming courses in Milkwood's Joel Salatin Masterclasses stream

Dave Jacke

dave jacke

Dave Jacke is the primary author of the two-volume Edible Forest Gardens texts. Dave has studied ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own ecological design firm Dynamics Ecological Design since 1984. An engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, and a meticulous designer, Dave has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas.

Dave is teaching on upcoming courses in Milkwood's Edible Forest Gardens stream

Floyd Constable


Floyd is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher whose most recent appointment was permaculturalist-in-residence at Soneva Kiri by Six Senses  in Thailand, which included establishing tropical market gardens and extensive aquaponics systems. Floyd has worked in many parts of Australia with indigenous and local communities to design and actualise resilient food systems. Floyd is now designing and establishing a range of integrated small-farm animal systems to build the fertility, diversity and food production capacity of Milkwood Farm.

Floyd currently teaches on Milkwood's Permaculture Design Certificate + Intro to Permaculture + Aquaponics Workshop streams...

Tim Malfroy


Tim is a second-generation beekeeper, growing up on a large apiary in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Along with his wife Emma, he is the founder of the award-winning Malfroy’s Gold honey label, and has been practicing organic and biodynamic beekeeping since he started keeping his own bees in 2006. In 2008 he was the first beekeeper in Australia to build and trial a Warré hive, and traveled to the Apimondia in France 2009 to take part in the first conference session on Warré and top-bar beekeeping.

Tim currently teaches on Milkwood's Natural Beekeeping courses

Joyce Wilkie & Michael Plane

joyce and mike

Joyce and Michael are passionate about growing vegetables, pastured poultry and creating and supporting fantastic small farms. They run Allsun Farm and 'Gundaroo Tiller', an innovative tool and equipment company for microfarming. Following early careers in earth sciences and education, they have farmed for over 30 years near now farm at Gundaroo, NSW. As they get older they are concentrating their efforts on growing more growers.

Joyce and Michael currently teach on Milkwood's Organic Market Garden Masterclass stream

Costa Gerogiadis


Costa is an organic garden activator, permaculturalist and change maker with a background in landscape design. He's also an acclaimed, nation-wide advocate for permaculture, real food, school garden schemes and all things green and growing, and has tirelessly contributed to countless backyard, school and community gardening initiatives. Costa is also the host of Gardening Australia on ABC TV.

Costa currently teaches on Milkwood's Serious Backyard Veggies courses

Hannah Maloney


Hannah is a change-maker, permaculture designer and facilitator who has designed and delivered many community-scale programs on local and state levels around food growing, composting and cultivating community. Her extensive project portfolio includes working locally with Cultivating Community and overseas with Action Aid.

Hannah currently teaches on Milkwood's Permaculture Design Certificate stream

Michael Hewins


Michael is an organic market gardener with a background in permaculture, organic agriculture and horticulture and has a wide knowledge of how to grow high quality, healthy food. He's run his own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme in the northern rivers of NSW and has a great working knowledge of organic vegetable growing in both temperate and subtropical environments. Michael is in charge of Milkwood Farm's market garden production and education.

Michael currently teaches on Milkwood's Starting an Organic Market Garden and Serious Backyard Veggies courses

Teachers on previous Milkwood courses include:

Bill Mollison

Bill MollisonBill Mollison is the co-originator of Permaculture theory, along with David Holmgren. Author of 'Permaculture: A Designer's Manual' and many other permaculture texts, Bill is widely regarded as a living treasure and has been much awarded both in Australia and internationally for his contribution to permaculture studies. Since the early 1980's Bill has traveled the world teaching, observing and applying permaculture, as documented in the ABC television series The Global Gardener. Bill runs the Permaculture Institute in Tasmania with his wife Lisa Mollison. Bill's website.

Milkwood Permaculture courses involving Bill include: Permaculture Design Certificate: Jan 2011

Rosemary Morrow

Rosemary Morrow is known and revered world-wide for her pragmatic and effective approach to creating Permaculture systems across an incredibly broad range of environments. Rosemary has successfully implemented community-scale Permaculture systems in such diverse bioshperes as Uganda, Somalia, Thailand, the Middle East, Bhutan, Australia and northern Europe, to name but a few. Her knowledge on how to create abundance, food security and successful sustainable farming models, no matter what the country, is perhaps unparallelled in permaculture education today.

Milkwood Permaculture courses involving Rosemary include: Permaculture Teacher Training: Feb 2012 + Permaculture Design Certificate: Oct 2010

Eugenio Gras

eugenio grasEugenio Gras is one of Latin America's foremost sustainable agriculture experts. Currently working intensively for COAS in the training of farmers, producers, academics and professors throughout Latin America, Eugenio has taught and spoken worldwide on his innovative techniques for creating organic, natural fertiliser from whatever is at hand on a given farm. Eugenio's photos.

Milkwood Permaculture courses involving Eugenio include: BioFertile Farms: Sep 2010 + Oct 2011

David Holmgen

david holmgrenDavid Holmgren is an ecologist, ecological design engineer and writer. He is perhaps most well known as co-originator of the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison. Through the spread of permaculture around the world, his environmental principles have exerted a global influence. He is the author of several significant permaculture texts, the best known being Permaculture: principles and pathways beyond sustainability. David lives at Melliodora near Hepburn Springs, Victoria, with his partner Su Dennett. David's website.

Milkwood Permaculture courses involving David include: Sydney Winter PDC (part-time) 2011

Kirk Gadzia

kirk gadziaKirk Gadzia is a certified instructor with the Holistic Management International Center and founder of Resource Management Services with over 20 years experience teaching the concepts of Holistic Management worldwide. Combined with his extensive international consulting work on many agricultural operations, Kirk is uniquely qualified to help stdents achieve their learning objectives. Years of assisting people on the land has helped Kirk approach his courses in an interactive, hands-on style. His courses are known for a relaxed atmosphere, open dialogue and practical real-life examples, as well as their effective knowledge transfer that leaves students ready to put Holistic Management into practice.

Milkwood Permaculture courses involving Kirk include: Holistic Management: Aug 2010

Paul Taylor

paul taylorPaul Taylor has been an organic farmer and has extensive experience with returning non-productive soils back into profitable systems for more than 30 years. As a former Director of ASAP supplies he has extensive experience in the Soil Foodweb system of vital soil management as developed by Dr. Elaine Ingham. Paul’s practice, grounded in Permaculture principles and comprehensive earthworks for improved water management, has led him to co-consulting on projects in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Paul's website.

Milkwood Permaculture courses involving Paul include: BioFertile Farms: Sep 2010 + Compost Tea Workshop: Nov 2009

Geoff Lawton

GeoffGeoff Lawton is a permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. Since 1995 he has specialized in permaculture education, design, implementation and system establishment. In the early 2000's Geoff established The Permaculture Research Institute, currently located at Zaytuna Farm at The Channon in Northern NSW, Australia where Lawton is managing director. Geoff's website.
Milkwood Permaculture courses involving Geoff include: Earthworks for Landholders: Dec 2007 + Designing Water into Landscape: Apr 2008

Darren Doherty

darren dogherty Darren Doherty has had extensive experience in Permaculture project design, development & management, with a focus on retrofitting broad-acre agricultural systems, and has been acclaimed as a pioneer in this important & often overlooked field. He is a qualified Whole Farm Planner (University of Melbourne), an Approved Keyline Designer, & Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) Trainer.

Milkwood Permaculture courses involving Darren include: Permaculture Design Certificate: Feb 2011 + Keyline Farming: Oct 2010 + Keyline Design Course: Jan 2010 + Designing Water into Landscape: Apr 2008 + Permaculture Design Certificate: Mar 2008 + Keyline Design Course: Mar 2008

Charile Bacon


Charlie runs ecolicious® - a sydney business that tailors the best aspects of permaculture, aquaponics, organic food production together into amazing, abundant systems that actually look good! Charles also works as a consultant at all levels of input for those who wish to build their own aquaponics systems. He has over 8 years experience in creating aquaponics systems for folks across the sydney basin at the full gamut of sizes, budgets and space limitations.

Charlie has taught on Milkwood's Aquaponics Workshop stream

Will Borowski

Will has been working with fungi and mushrooms for over 10 years throughout Australia and is committed to raising awareness about how home mushroom propagation can benefit a family's nutrition and help create healthier meals.

Will also sees mushroom awareness as an important educational tool for teaching kids and adults alike about the crucial role that fungi plays in our soils and ecosystems. Will runs the Forest Fungi website.


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