Permaculture small farm on 1 acre [0.4Ha]. Tiny house and converted stables. Ian and I are 50-something years old with adult children who live nearby. We are sharing with a permanent tenant. We eat from our garden and other local food every day. 9 chickens and 2 dogs. Lots of birds and kangaroos. We are in an emerging eco-neighbourhood on the edge of the vibrant town of Castlemaine, and 5km from train station with easy access to Melbourne. Lots of great walks and cycle rides. Great network of earthy people in the area.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
HORTICULTURE - We are happy to share our knowledge about orchard and veg production, as long as you are willing to get your hands dirty.
FOOD PROCESSING - Learn to cook with local ingredients and preserve foods and make fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut and condiments.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - We can also talk about how we are building up community relationships in an area where there are many new houses and new residents.
Help us with harvesting - and eating - fruit and vegetables this autumn. Daily routine of feeding chickens and dogs, harvesting produce and preparing gardens for winter crops. We are experienced and happy to train you as long as you are willing to get your hands dirty. You can learn to preserve foods and make fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha. You would also work with us to help our neighbours in their gardens as well. Firewood collecting and compost making occasionally. Pruning and caring for fruit trees. Mulching.
You have your own hand-built wooden tiny house with sleeping loft, desk and chair. We share a kitchen and many outdoor living spaces. Usually a Futon but softer mattress available. Compost toilet and very basic bathroom facilities. Free wifi.
We are on the edge of the vibrant town of Castlemaine, one of Australia's most Eco-conscious towns, and 5km from station with easy access to Melbourne. Lots of great walks and cycle rides. We can lend you a bicycle and recommend walks and cafes. Also small independent cinema in town, and many music venues; open every day.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week