We are Clare & Paul, we run our own family home farm in harmony with the land and (as much as possible) in accordance with permaculture and earth loving biodynamic principles.
We have a variety of delicious 100% spray free vegetables growing which we take to market on the weekend, we have happy chickens out on pasture living in busses, sheep roaming around, a lovely rose garden and a fruitful orchard with a large variety of apples, citrus, figs, plums, nectarines and more..
We are right on the Western Port Bay so very close to the beach, nature reserves, Phillip Island & the fairy penguins, 5 minutes from Koo Wee Rup and Tooradin town centers, and about 15-20 minutes from more major shopping towns of Cranbourne and Pakenham.
On the end of a quiet dirt road our 60 acre property is home to us and our spirited and adorable 1 year old baby Matilda, 15 sheep, our happy pasture fed chooks, our beloved bengal tabby cat Maximus, a very very cheeky and loveable kelpie pup, Bella.
We're looking for people to come and help out around the farm and exchange knowledge of growing food, cooking and eating the food we grow, sustainability and living simply on the land.
We really appreciate people who are keen to get up with us and the birds, get their hands dirty and lend a hand with the big picture of what we're creating out here.. Ethical, sustainable food grown with love and in harmony with the earth and becoming a part of our big happy family in the process!
Some days there's lots of physical work to do to keep you fit and active, and some days are perfect for just relaxing or helping around the farm and of course enjoying the sunshine and going on a adventures on your days off! :)
We are looking forward to hearing from you if this sounds like a good fit for what you're looking for...
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We both LOVE to travel the world and feel very excited to have world travellers helping on our land & homestead now that we have a slice of paradise to share.
Between us we have a lot of skills and knowledge in many areas other than farming having spent a lot of time in India, Central & South America, Asia and Europe travelling, working and studying cultures, yoga, art, martial arts, spirituality, music and more..
We really enjoy sharing healthy, home grown, vibrant meals, cooking skills, music and conversation.
Clare also runs retreats on the land and courses in Melbourne focussing on spiritual development, singing, sacred women's business and more.. though she's much more focussed on being a mum to Matilda right now!
We need a bit of help each day with various tasks - they differ from day to day.
There is always lots to do around the farm such as mowing the lawn on the ride on mower (fun!), building structures on site, planting seeds, weeding and watering garden beds, picking veggies to eat, collecting eggs from the hens and hopefully you will be sharing your own skills and knowledge with us too! :)
We are creating a traditional permaculture mandala garden, a fire pit, we are about to convert the old dairy into living quarters with a shower & toilet, and put a bit more love into our beautiful native garden to bring in more native bird life to the area. There are already so many birds including parrots and galahs - but we would prefer them to enjoy the flowers & not the fruit trees!! ;)
Oh and we'd also love to build a labyrinth & teepee in the Field of Dreams later this year!
We definitely recommend our workaways have a good level of physical health & fitness before coming to the farm as the work can sometimes be physically demanding some days more than others. If this is a problem, please let us know right away so we can be sure to arrange less physical tasks for you to enjoy.
Other than that we love help sharing the cooking of the main meals of the day & keeping the homestead & the big farm shed clean and garden tidy.
Private caravan with bedding for two individuals or a couple (one double bed one single bed) with bedding.
We also have a tent available for those who prefer privacy and sleeping on a mattress on the earth.
The main Bathroom is currently shared with Paul, Clare & Matilda so care during sleep times is requested & appreciated & help in keeping the place tidy is necessary.
There is an outdoor 'dunny' (loo) for that classic Australian experience! ;)
Plenty of fresh veggies & eggs on offer to eat each day too of course that you can pick yourself!
Lunch & Dinner are shared meals cooked communally from food we grow ourselves and breakfast is 'help yourself' to museli, eggs, toast, fruit etc. :) Please BYO special ingredients and things you need for yourself or we can take you to the supermarket if you need.
There is a laundromat in Koo Wee Rup for washing your clothes as we are on limited tank water due to drought but handwashing is also available in the homestead.
We are in a great location only 1 hour bus trip from Melbourne - bus leaves from Southern Cross directly to Koo Wee Rup.
There is a lot to see and do in the local area and further afield too. Koo Wee Rup and Tooradin have many lovely cafes & second hand shops to enjoy an afternoon off or relax away a morning.
20 Minutes away is the Pearcedale Moonlit Sanctuary to experience native Australian wildlife & little further than that is the Mornington Penninsula with Hot Springs & beautiful beaches.
Local beaches are only a short 20 - 30 minute drive and on lovely days we offer workaways to come with us to enjoy the sunshine and rest by the ocean.
Melbourne is a thriving metropolis & a bus departs from Koo Wee Rup central & will take you to Cranbourne & Pakenham train stations which will then take you to Melbourne City.
Or there is a direct bus from Melbourne to Koo Wee Rup that runs many times a day from Southern Cross Station! This is the best way to get to our farm - we will pick you up from the bus stop.
If you have your own car/van then you can easily get yourself to the city or perhaps take yourself to see the wild life at Wilsons Prom, fairy Penguins at Phillip Island, the beaches and Hot Springs along the Mornington Peninsula, amazing beaches, gourmet food, transformational workshops, concerts, diverse culture & nightlife the 'Garden State' of Victoria has to offer!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week