We are a family of four: Jane 50, Glenn 55 and Miles and Jude both now 17 years old. We live on a 5.5 acre hobby farm in Central Victoria, where we grow all our own organic food. After leaving a frantic city life 5 years ago (incl London and Melbourne) we now live a sustainable life, contributing to the building of our ethical and healthy local community. Jane is a yoga teacher and Glenn a Shiatsu Practitioner and disability worker. Miles and Jude attend the local high school.
Plans are underway to build a Healing and Education centre on our property where we will offer health and yoga retreats and courses, as well as permaculture and sustainability. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this exciting time in this project.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Experience and learn about permaculture, organic farming, and sustainability. Contribute to the development of the Healing and Education centre.
There are a variety of duties on our small family permaculture hobby farm and around the house. In the Spring, the main jobs include weeding and maintenance of the vegetable and fruit trees and berry beds, propagation and planting of vegetables, making compost, mowing etc. In the late summer and Autumn, the main jobs is harvesting and preserving the abundance from the garden as well as propagation and making compost. All year round you can care of the chickens and sheep. Help with the computers and internet are always welcome, including social media, wordpress etc. There is capacity for a volunteer, if they would like to, to initiate their own creative project within the scope of the property.
Caravan with a double bed and lounge and dining area. Use of bathroom inside the main house. Main meals to be shared with the family.
All food is provided, most of it is grown here in the garden. We eat varieties of food and cuisines from around the world. Please note we are meat eaters, and produce and eat lamb and eggs from the chickens.
Flexibility with working hours so volunteers can fit in other activities, such as seeing the sights if they wish.
About Taradale : it is a small town in Central Victoria. We are 15 km from Castlemaine which is a thriving and culturally rich town (including artist and environmental sustainable communitiies) in Central Victoria Goldfields region. There is limited but very connected public transport with a local bus during the week between Taradale and Castlemaine; and a train line with easy access to Melbourne (approx 1 hour away) and Bendigo 1/2 hour away. Taradale itself has an eclectic mix of locals, with many interesting social events and has its own local Wine and Produce store that serves coffees, wines and pizzas.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 day a week