Help a family of five fun-lovers in our handmade stone house near Malmsbury, Australia

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  • Description

    Description

    Its a tricky time so we are only accepting people from outside of Melbourne. We are also wanting someone who will stay with us for 3-4 weeks. Singles preferred. We have a vacancy from ..... soon!.

    Now that's said .....

    We are an adventurous family in a large house with 6 bedrooms, on 27 acres in a sweet valley. We like hosting friends and family for fun times around the dinner table. Community is key and we enjoy our neighbors dropping by.

    Karl and I both work in the NGO space, trying to make the world a better place. He is an economist specialising in the study of vacant and unaffordable housing, whilst I specialise in fundraising and websites.

    We are aiming to set up an affordable housing project on our farm, a Community Land Trust based on permaculture principles. A big project. Most guests soon gain an insight into how to propagate plants in our large polytunnel. We have many trees to plant!

    There are hordes of kangaroos, wood ducks, vibrant red rosellas, flame robins and musk lorikeets - all sorts of birds on our property. Endangered sugar gliders hide away in our front paddock.

    Our kids are Tara (13) and twins Jamari and Curtis (10). They are real characters, sure to make your stay a genuine insight into Australian life.

    For 4 years we ran a community nursery in inner western Melbourne with the assistance of 75+ Helpers. Now we are three years into our tree change we are well set up thanks to people like you, making it an even better house to host our traveling friends. So many travellers have made wonderful contributions to our way of life, we hope you can too!

    Malmsbury station is just five minutes away so we can easily pick you up from there.

    Dietary requirements - sorry but we do eat meat and hope we can work together to make it all happen.

    We are always impressed by just how many solid people with adventurous tendencies come to stay.
    Go humanity ;)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    DIY and building projects
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We teach you about permaculture design, kombucha production, fermentation, running a nursery, looking after chooks and goats, the importance of soil PH testing. Things we are involved in include a relocalisation project, men’s and women’s circles, bulk buying, the village fayre, coordinating the farmers market and craft. We like discussing parenting philosophies, the alternatives to neo-liberal economics, some kooky science - it all happens at our place. Solutions are the key to sanity in this mad, mad world.

  • Help

    Help

    We see you as part of the family, so anything we have to do to keep the house running, we hope you will too. We share watering, gardening, farming, cooking, cleaning, kid wrangling, whatever needs to be done. Projects are planned around your skills. If you can build - great. If you can knit, well that too! The kids are at an age where they are able to look after themselves, but love playing board games etc.One of the main things we love you to help with is just keeping us company ;) it’s great to get to know what’s happening out there.

    We are continually building soil so have 7 composts, a hugelkultur pile and Biochar - wow that char is magic! These are all in aid of developing new garden beds. Our self sufficiency is growing! Alongside that are watering systems, polytunnels to maintain and tools to sharpen. We now have 2 highlands goats alongside our ducks n chooks.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Maori: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Your bedroom has a sweet view of the sunrise. The room is a triangle shape and has its own wardrobe. The house is made from recycled goods so it is full of character. Or if you like your own space we can rig up the caravan. Great over summer.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Grab a bike and go for a cycle through the neighboring forest, hang with our horse-mad neighbor Steph, see the sights of the central highlands - we are 20 minutes from coolio Castlemaine, a similar distance to Daylesford - both havens for creative cultures. Kyneton and Malmsbury are barely 10 minutes away and have their own farming and historical quirks. We have hammocks overlooking our 'love heart' dam, so there's plenty of nice views to enjoy on the site. Most days we have mobs of 10+ kangaroos awaiting your camera. Sunset is well celebrated, particularly on Fridays!

    One of our challenges is to have five sweet reading spots on the farm. We've got two set up - all we need is to pull some tree stumps into place in a few other select locations. Tasks like these - expect them written as a list on the back of an envelope to do if/ when you can. Its all fun.

    And please, if you are coming all this way down south, please put the Pacific Islands on your agenda! Vanuatu (180+ islands), Papau New Guinea, Solomon Islands are all incredibly beautiful, with many areas not too commercialised. Ahhhh to traveling tips!

  • 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

    Karl & I both work online from home at present. We have some beautiful spaces to work from.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Beautiful camping spots abound.

  • 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

Watch out for these 2 rock stars ~!~
Fun at Womadelaide!
A view of our wee valley. We are so lucky and love sharing our little corner of the world with our traveling friends.
To ticking off lists! Great workaway action here with Laura, Puq and Freek working alongside Rayna on some needed windbreaks aroudn the garden.
Our beautiful wall, with afternoon sunlight streaming in.
Kids being kids!
The people who made our house were called the Hartmanns. So they built us a love heart dam too! We're certainly continuing the tradition.
A view from one of our 4 dams to the other. Spectacular sunsets over this valley
The family in action on our 'lap' around Australia.
looking into our living room. we guarantee you wont see another house like this.
Karl on the kombucha mission. Once a week, join in!
the view out your bedroom window
Our first Norwegian 'round' woodstack. Dries faster and once we got it up and established (3rd time lucky), it was more stable than the typical woodstack. Thanks Zak and Tsuyoshi for all the help on this!
virtually the view out your window. great sunrises!
Introducing Tara, Jamari and Curtis. At least they are cheerful troublemakers......most of the time!

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