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We are a couple living on a small farm just south of Timaru on the east coast of the beautiful South Island, New Zealand. Timaru is a small city with a safe beach called Caroline Bay.
On the farm we have a few cattle and lease some land out to some girls to use for their for horses. We have a cat that lives outside. She was previously wild, thin and frightened - now she's a fat smooch-puss!
There is a large vegetable and fruit garden and we like to eat fresh from our garden as much as possible over the summer season. We grow our garden mostly by organic methods and try to preserve as much as we can of our produce for off season use.
We feel like our home is a little piece of paradise and we are working on building some accommodation that can be offered to people who need some time out to relax and recharge their batteries.
Help with Eco project
We have travelled to and lived in several different countries and we have always preferred to live locally rather than as a tourist. If you stay with us you will live local and learn what it is like to be a kiwi!
Overseas we did voluntary work for others and since returning home we find we are in need of some help to get our property back in shape. A background of building or practical skills would be very useful as we have some small carpentry projects to complete.
Help would also be appreciated with tidying up gardens and some general maintenance around the farm. We have an area that the ivy is trying to dominate - some effort in helping us control this would be appreciated! One job will be to help stack firewood ready for next winter. Ideally we would like someone who can work independently to just get on with what needs to be done. If you can use equipment such as chainsaw, brushcutter and lawnmower we'd like to hear from you.
If you have experience with eco friendly systems that would be a help as we are wanting to establish a small aquaponics system and any expertise in this area would be great.
We would also love to learn how to cook some of your local dishes. If you have practical skills and are willing to roll up your sleeves and work alongside us that would be great.
Please refer to our calendar for availability.
Accommodation is a double or single bedroom with separate shower and toilet facilities. We are a non-smoking household.
We have several nice tracks close to our home which can be explored on foot or bicycle (available for loan) and it is a just ten minute bike ride to the coastal tracks, another 10 minutes will get you into city centre and to the lovely swimming beach at Caroline Bay. Mount Cook, Tekapo and the beautiful southern lakes are within two hours drive.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week