Come and help on my bio-dynamic hobby farm in Hervey Bay, Australia

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  • Description

    Description

    We are on 3.5 acres, which doesn't sound like a lot but we are doing plenty on it. We keep chickens and ducks for eggs and meat. I regularly raise chicks and ducklings to keep the supply up, and there is an almost monthly 'dispatching' day. We also keep goats, for milk and cheese (although they are dry at the moment, and due for kids in Feb 2021). They help keep the scrub down as well as being super fun to watch. The vegetable gardens and fruit trees are many and sprawling. With a variety of organically grown produce to feed my partner and myself. The aim for our property is to become as self-sufficient as possible, to reduce the amount of waste that comes onto our land, and reduce the amount of money we spend on store bought products. We recycle, reuse just about everything, food scraps go to the animals, and what ever we don't eat gets composted (including bones!).

    We have two dogs that live with us. Mac and Lily. See photos. They are large dogs. They are very friendly to people that they know, and quite defensive of our property to strangers arriving. Once introduced to you, they will include you into their 'pack'.

    Our doggies are a big part of our lives here. They sleep inside at night, but are out in the house yard during the day chasing birds and lizards.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Gardening
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I try to follow permaculture and organic farming principles, but mostly I guess you could say that we are a bio-dynamic hobby farm with aims to become bigger and better.

    I am working alone in the gardens most of the time, my partner Brett works full time, and I have just finally quit my terrible brain sucking job to be able to do this full time. And so, I would welcome a hand with some of the physically demanding jobs that pop up.
    The ferry to Fraser Island is just a 5 minute drive down the road. We are about a 7 min drive to the beach and shops. And 15 mins to the centre of Hervey Bay. A vehicle would be ideal, but we are happy to help out with pick ups and drop offs.

  • Help

    Help

    Most of the help will be in the gardens and with the animals. There is always weeding, seeding, sowing, harvesting and processing to do. Creating new gardens, composting, propagating, mowing, whipper snipping, making pathways.
    A new pergola and walkways are on the list for construction, as well as creating water recycling ponds for the ducks to swim in.
    I only ask for the mornings 4-5hrs of help. Or the afternoon if you prefer. We can be flexible on the times. You may want to do more on some days and less on others.
    All tools and equipment needed to do any job here will be provided. You just need to supply your own sun protection clothing (wide brim hat, long sleeve shirt etc). Depending on the job to be done, I wear closed in shoes and long pants too as added protection from sun, tools and creatures! Yes there are toads, spiders and snakes everywhere.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

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  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a huge room available within our house complete with a very basic kitchenette (toaster and kettle, sink, fridge), queen bed, smart Tv, lounge and dining table. Separate bathroom and toilet.

    We provide food for all main meals. Help yourself for brekky and lunch, and we can either com together for dinner or eat separately. Either way is fine.
    We eat healthy balanced meals, comprised of food we have grown in the garden ( when it provides enough). We also eat our ducks and chooks. We make our own preserves, Mayo, sauces etc, and make our own bread each day.
    If you have any dietary requirements, I'm sure we can work something out with your direction.
    We don't generally buy packet food, or snack food, if that is something you want, you can purchase it at you expense.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are a non smoking house. If you are a smoker, we ask you do it away from the house and dispose of your butts responsibly.
    We take pride in owning a new clean home, and ask that you respect our property as we do and keep your areas clean.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Unlimited NBN wi fi available.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Plenty of room for your camper on our property, but no toilet dumping facilities available.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

The Taj Mahal! Our goat and chook house.
Mac and Lily, just watching the afternoon.
Im Tanya and my partner Brett.
Sundays are for relaxing on the beach whole Brett goes sailing
Babies!
I don't think she wants to eat them...but maybe?
This will be your room. The size of two standard bedrooms
Muscovy Ducks out for a morning walk
Our place
Host ref number: 294839611579