Milkwood: real skills for down-to-earth living by Kirsten Bradley & Nick Ritar

Milkwood: real skills for down-to-earth living – Event


Join us on Tuesday 11 September for our launch of the highly anticipated new book from Milkwood Permaculture founders Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar; with tastes, an intimate chat about permaculture and how to get started, and, of course, a good glass of wine.

About the Event

Where:  Books for Cooks 115-121 Victoria St, Queen Victoria Market
When: Tuesday 11 September 6.30pm

Tickets: $10 via Eventbrite

About the Book

Milkwood: real skills for down-to-earth living is the long awaited book from Milkwood Permaculture founders and directors Kirsten Bradley & Nick Ritar.

Milkwood is an amazing local organisation (well group of amazing people) that is dedicated to teaching and sharing permaculture skills; real skills for down-to earth living.

Over the years Nick and Kirsten and their team have educated, coached and supported countless people on their journey to discover permaculture and the importance of a sustainable food network.  Along the way Kirsten and Nick have worked with such permaculture luminaries as Bill Mollison, Sandor Katz, David Holmgren, Joel Salatin and David Asher.

So what is the book about?  To quote Kirsten from the introduction…

“This book is a gathering of skills and knowledge – five subjects [The Tomato | Mushroom Cultivation | Natural Beekeeping | Seaweed | Wild Food]  to get you started on a hand-made, home-made life. It doesn’t matter where you live, or what you already know or don’t know. What matters is that you’d like to get started, and to dive in deep.

But, where do you start? So many skills and new ideas – it’s all a little daunting…

We’d recommend that you start with one single, simple, doable thing. It might be learning to grow tomatoes on your windowsill, or learning which green leaves are edible in your local wild space. It might be planting a bee-friendly garden. Or gathering blackberries from the laneway, or seaweed from the beach….”

From curious histories to DIY projects to wild fermented recipes, the in-depth knowledge and hands-on instruction contained will fascinate and inspire you to get growing, keeping, cooking and making.

If you have ever hankered for ‘the good life’, been curious about Permaculture’ or just living a little more sustainably then this is the book (and book event) for you.  But just don’t take our word for it!


‘This beautifully presented book gives readers the nitty-gritty guide for five diverse ways to nourish ourselves from stewarding nature’s abundance.’
David Holmgren, co-originator of Permaculture

‘This book may change your life and your community.’
Costa Georgiadis

‘Finally, the ultimate self-reliance manual from premier educational facilitator, Milkwood.’
Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm

‘A joyful guide to how to grow, eat and live in harmony with nature.’
Indira Naidoo

Please join us for an intimate chat with Kirsten Bradley as we explore her new book Milkwood: real skills for down-to-earth living and how we can all be a little more sustainable whilst tasting some of the great recipes in and food inspired by the book

About the Authors

Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar left the city to start a small permaculture farm called Milkwood ten years ago, with a dream of living simply and within their means. Since then, they’ve been growing food and sharing skills wherever they’ve lived or travelled – from building biochar stoves to creating rooftop community gardens to teaching permaculture design.

They currently live, grow, forage and keep bees on a two-acre permaculture farm near Daylesford.

Milkwood: real skills for down-to-earth living is their first book.


Can I buy/pre-order Milkwood by Kirsten Bradley & Nick Ritar?

Yes – copies will be available for signing and purchase on the night – $45.  If you can’t attend we can organise to post signed copies to you.  Postage (tracked & insured): Victoria $7.95; Australia wide $9.95; overseas – we’ll quote.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

As alcohol will be served, attendees must be 18+ or accompanied by a parent/guardian

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If you have been to one of our events before, please note we have moved to the northern side of the Queen Victoria Market.  Our new address is 115-121 Victoria Street (next to A Shed)

We recommend public transport.

The 19, 20, 57 (Elizabeth St)and 55 (William & Peel St) trams go past the Queen Victoria Market and run frequently.  We are in the Free Tram Zone and are only a short 50m walk from the Elizabeth St Queen Victoria Market stop and the Peel St Queen Victoria Market stop.  Melbourne Central and Flagstaff railway stations are two blocks away.

If driving, there is plenty of metered parking on Queen St near the corner of Victoria St.  Limited parking on Victoria Street outside the store may be available.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes – to another person – just have them present your ticket on the evening.

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are not refundable.


Please advise of any allergies or intolerances.

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