Hi! I'm Rowena and this year I am building an off-grid Tiny House on wheels. I work as a freelance writer/social media manager and I am determined to create a sustainable, low-impact lifestyle for myself.
I have been incredibly fortunate to be invited to live on a self-sufficient farm near Mount Field National Park in Tasmania while I build my house! I plan to transport myself and my house to Tasmania in late June/early July. I have never explored Tasmania and I love being out in nature, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to enjoy those things while building my Tiny House, in exchange for looking after the farm.
But I can't do it alone! Creative and energised I may be, but I have very few of the practical skills needed to build my Tiny House. If you have skills in an area that you think will prove useful, I invite you to come and stay with me on the farm.
I am a very flexible, open-minded person and I think these arrangements work best if we negotiate them together, so I will describe the basic framework but leave further refinement for later conversations.
- We will work together for about 25 hours a week, roughly divided into 13 hours on the Tiny House and 12 hours on the farm.
- In exchange for your help, I will give you food, accommodation and good times. Alternatively, if the skills you contribute are professional and you would prefer this arrangement, I can give you a wage and accommodation.
- We will cook lunch and evening meals together and share the daily tasks such as cleaning.
- When our work is done, we will explore Tasmania! The location is absolutely ideal for exploring the National Parks, all of which are unforgettably stunning. Hobart is also only an hour away, and the closest town is half an hour.
A bit about the farm:
The land - an ex-forestry block that has been lovingly transformed by the owner into a self-sufficient food farm over six years. The nearby river is pristine and has lots of trout, if you like fishing. The road through the property is a very good gravel road, and the public roads surrounding it are all asphalt (no dirt). The property is at the head of a deep valley, and I'm told that you get an unobstructed view of Aurora Australis at least once a fortnight! It snows in winter and the ski slopes are not far away.
The animals - two endangered species call the farm home: the bettong and the barred bandicoot. Every now and then a platypus chooses to raise her babies in the creek. Numerous other native animals can also be seen. The farm owner is a bee keeper and we will have an endless supply of fresh honey!
The plants - a hazelnut orchard, every kind of nut tree, five food gardens that currently only have low-maintenance crops like potatoes and garlic, as the farm owner only visits about once a month. We are encouraged to get them in full production and I would love to grow most of our food on-site! The plants are gravity-watered and very low-maintenance.
The accommodation - preference will be given to workawayers who have a camper van or caravan in which they can sleep, as occasionally the property owner will visit for a few days and need to live in the cabin. However, for the right person, we can figure out a way to accommodate you in the cabin or the Tiny House. For caravans and camper vans, we can even erect a shelter to make van life more comfortable.
There are two cabins on the property. One was built from trees on the farm and measures 9 square metres. It is perfectly insulated and has a potbelly fire that keeps it very warm in winter. The water on the property is a gravity system, so there is no shower - just nice hot baths! I am sure a camping shower could be easily arranged if needed, though, and my tiny house will have a shower which we can use once it's installed! Electricity is solar power, enough for the basics such as a small fridge and our personal devices. I will add more batteries and panels to the setup in time, so that we don't have to be as frugal. The second cabin is also very small and not as well insulated - I haven't seen it yet, so I can't say much more, but if I wouldn't live in it myself, I won't ask anyone else to. I will move into my Tiny House as soon as it is liveable, leaving the main cabin free for volunteers.
A bit about me:
I am a 24 year old writer who recently returned from 17 months of travelling. My loves include horses, reading, creating art, photography, yoga, cooking, growing food, travel, getting out into nature, environmentalism, sharing stories and skills, and having adventures. I love making deep connections with people but I am also an introvert who needs some alone-time, so you will need to be happy doing your own thing sometimes. During my recent travels I volunteered with Workaway at a hobby farm, a horse trekking centre, a Victorian walled garden and with a horse dentist in Ireland, at a horse farm in Iceland, in France with a young Parisian woman, a dog-mother and a retired Kenyan couple, at English languge camps in Poland, and with a medieval performance troupe in Scotland. I believe that if you find work you love doing, Workaway is the best way to travel. You get to authentically participate in local life, and more often than not you make connections and memories that stay with you forever. I am so excited to be on the other side of the table now, able to host people myself!
Planning my Tiny House kept me sane after I reluctantly bought my ticket home to Australia. Tiny House living is perfect for me because it will allow me to have a house without a mortgage, take my house with me when I move, live off-grid with a small environmental impact, minimalise my possessions, live in beautiful places that I otherwise couldn't afford, build with salvaged and reclaimed materials, and earn an income when I go travelling again by renting it out.
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We will explore the many wonders of Tasmania together! I am a tourist in Tasmania too, and can't wait to see what we discover. The opportunity to live on a sustainable farm with two endangered animals and a view of Aurora Australis, right on the doorstep of Mount Field National Park, is totally unique. We will learn a lot about the rhythms of this self-sustaining farm and how to bring out the best in it.
If you're a tradesperson, you have the chance to put 'worked on an off-grid Tiny House' on your resume!
I am a very creative person and can share skills and knowledge in writing, drawing, painting, photography and other art forms. I am happy to share all kinds of aspects of my life, from yoga to cooking to growing vegetables to mending clothes.
I speak a little German and would be very happy to host German people who will speak the language with me!
Dieser Host bietet Unterkunft und Bezahlung.
Helpers must be able to assist with both my Tiny House build and basic farm maintenance.
I am looking for people with skills/qualifications/experience in building, off-grid systems and design, engineering, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, or anything else you think will be useful for building a Tiny House on wheels.
The Tiny House will be constructed largely of reclaimed cool room panels (SIPs with a polystyrene core enclosed by a steel shell) so anyone with experience or confidence in this area would be AWESOME!
I understand that a lot of the skills I'm looking for are professional, and I will treat you as both a professional and a friend. I will not be your boss - we will learn equally from each other, benefit equally from our reciprocal arrangement, and treat one another as friends. I will also ensure that professional help is adequately rewarded, with a wage if appropriate or by other means as we see fit.
English, a little German
Preference will be given to workawayers who have a camper van or caravan in which they can sleep, as occasionally the property owner will visit for a few days and need to live in the cabin. However, for the right person, we can figure out a way to accommodate you in the cabin or the Tiny House. For caravans and camper vans, we can even erect a shelter to make van life more comfortable. Rest assured, you won't be shut away on your own at the end of the day - I hope we can create quite a communal way of life together with lots of shared laughter, food and warmth!
The water on the property is a gravity system, so there is no shower - just nice hot baths. I am sure a camping shower could be easily arranged if needed, though, and my Tiny House will have a shower which we can use once it's installed! Electricity is solar power, enough for the basics such as a small fridge and our personal devices. I will add more batteries and panels to the setup in time, so that we don't have to be as frugal.
We will cook lunch and evening meals together, but I'm happy to buy whatever kind of food you like eating and can cater for any dietary requirements (except maybe a severe peanut allergy - I'm not sure I can live without peanuts!)
In the area there are endless trails to explore in the national parks, as well as plenty of recreational activities on offer. I love horse riding and will probably try to find somewhere to ride in the area, and you're welcome to join me.
The closest major town is New Norfolk, which is half an hour away. Hobart is one hour away.
Google search Mount Field National Park for more information!
Public transport doesn't exist in the area, to the best of my knowledge. I don't mind whether you have a car or not, as I will happily drive you around in mine, but I think stays in remote areas like this are always more enjoyable when you have your own transportation.
I am very waste-conscious, so be prepared to sort your rubbish, minimise plastic and eat mindfully :)
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