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We (myself, JJ and my partner Richard) have two very lovely and unique properties where we grow food and practice permaculture principles and sustainable living.
Our urban property is right next to the beach on Sydney's northern beaches. It is a largish property which we are working at transforming into a lush abundant permaculture sanctuary.
Here we have chickens, a great vegie patch, a big aquaponics set up in a converted swimming pool, a subtropical food forest, 3 european bee hives (warre style) and 3 native bee hives and are moving soon onto creation of the wild orchard and bush tucker native nibbledom and nectary!
Located about 3 hours south of Sydney we have a country retreat. We have just purchased this property and it came with cattle, sheep, horses and chooks. So some new things for us with some big learning curves, which we are super excited about. We also have an abundance of space to grow veggies, fruit trees, bush tucker and nuts. This place is huge, and a really beautiful wilderness. There is a magnificent fresh creek running through the centre of the property coming out of the National Park which supplies our drinking water and lots of lovely spots for swimming.
We host workawayers at both places, usually between 2 and 4 people stay at each place along with us. We cannot be in both places at once so we love to host people who are reliable and responsible and can take on tasks without always being supervised. All going well, you can choose to be at one property or the other or spend time at both. We generally transport people between the properties.
We are easy going people, don't watch much TV, don't smoke or drink. We ONLY take helpers who are happy with NOT smoking or drinking while they stay with us. We have a strictly NO DRUG policy in both places. Any breech of this and you will be required to leave the property.
We eat very healthily, non-processed, food, with lots of vegetables and only happy humane animal protein. We grow a lot of our own food and purchase other food from organic sources. We prefer helpers who eat in a similar way or are happy to help prepare this kind of food.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
A lot of travellers enjoy our lifestyle. They realise how easy it is to grow your own food, to live healthily and more sustainably. Many also begin to learn to surf or improve their surfing abilities. Those who are interested in preserving food and fermenting will learn a lot as will those who just want to learn to eat more healthily. In Kangaroo Valley you have the opportunity for lots of bushwalking, star gazing (no light pollution), bird watching, native animal spotting and generally enjoying a beautiful piece of very peaceful wilderness.
The main kind of volunteering help we need is:
growing fruit and vegetables
taking care of seedlings
looking after chickens, sheep, cattle horses (depending on location)
preparing garden beds
taking care of fish and an aquaponics system
helping take care of bees and harvesting honey
cooking food (vegetarian, fish and chicken)
Generally the help is about 5 hours a day on the weekdays and about 1 hour a day on weekends
english, a little bit of spanish, some hindi
In Sydney, we have three rooms available, two with a view of the sea. One of the rooms has its own bathroom and small kitchenette. This is reserved for helpers staying 6 months or longer. The house is big and there are usually 5 or 6 of us living here. It looks out over the best beach in Sydney and we have surfboards and body boards you can borrow, along with our bicycles. We are a 3 minute walk to the bus stop for catching buses into the city. We have good internet access but it is only available between 7:30am and 9pm.
In Kangaroo Valley we have rooms in a shared house, a "Glamping tent" and a "glamping bus"! It is has some fun aspects, as there is only a wood stove for cooking and hot water for showers, so you need to do keep the wood stove going to eat and wash!
We are looking for helpers who are genuinely interested in a healthy lifestyle, particularly permaculture and are enthusiastic about growing their own food. We are happy to host people who are reliable, self responsible, ask questions, take notes, remember to do their tasks without being reminded, take initiative and get really involved with the projects going on at our properties. You need to be happy to get your hands dirty (clean up chicken poo, dig in the worm farm etc) and are easy going and friendly. We prefer NOT to host people who just want to treat our house like a hotel and go sight seeing the whole time!
CURRENTLY ONLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR STAYS OF 2 MONTHS OR LONGER - COUPLES OR SINGLES FOR KANGAROO VALLEY
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4 to 5 hours a day 5 days a week