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Come help in the beautiful gardens of our property in Taradale.
We live on a 5.5 acre hobby farm in Central Victoria, where we grow all our own organic food. After leaving a frantic city life 10 years ago (incl London and Melbourne) we are living a sustainable life, contributing to the building of our ethical and healthy local community. Jane is a yoga teacher and Glenn a Shiatsu Practitioner and disability worker.
Particular skills we are after:
- gardening, or an interest in learning and getting your hands dirty!
- admin and organisational skills to assist in garden projects including seed collection, labelling and sorting etc
- labouring learning and helping with small farm building projects
We love to sharing the cooking of the main meals with volunteers. There is plenty of garden produce to inspire your cooking.
This role would suit someone or a couple who are autonomous, likes to have quiet time alone, and also enjoys working together collaboratively with others living on the property.
Please note that it is currently in Summer here in Central Victoria so it can get quite hot, so it is good to start garden work early in the morning. If it is too hot, we do tasks inside in the shade.
We ask that volunteers have insurance that covers volunteering.
Please get in touch if you are interested, and please let us know what interests you in volunteering with us.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Computers/ Internet
UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
Experience and learn about permaculture-inspired organic gardening. How to grow food.
There are a variety of tasks on our permaculture inspired garden and around the house.
In the Spring, the main ones include weeding and maintenance of the vegetable and fruit trees and berry beds, propagation and planting of vegetables, making compost, mowing etc.
In the Late Summer and Autumn, the main task is harvesting and preserving the abundance from the garden as well as propagation and making compost. All year round there is the care of the chickens, ducks and sheep.
Volunteer(s) sleep in very cosy Tiny House which is located in the back paddock of the property.
Food is provided, One main meal per day is shared in the evening. Self-catering, with food provided, for breakfast and lunch. We eat as much as we can from the garden and local seasonal produce. We enjoy multicultural food and welcome volunteers to share cooking and recipes!
Please note we are omnivores, and eat meat and eggs from the smallhodling.. But also love vegetarian and vegan cooking.
WIFI is not available in the Tiny House. Although good mobile reception. Unlimited WIFI is available at the main house, in many of the seating areas around the house.
What else ...
About Taradale : it is a small town in Central Victoria. We are 15 km from Castlemaine which is a thriving and culturally rich town (including artist and environmental sustainable communitiies) in Central Victoria Goldfields region. There is limited but very connected public transport with a local bus during the week between Taradale and Castlemaine; and a train line with easy access to Melbourne (approx 1 hour away) and Bendigo 1/2 hour away.
Taradale itself has an eclectic mix of locals, with many interesting social events and has its own local Wine and Produce store that serves coffees, wines and pizzas. There is also the monthly Taradale Produce Swap which we go to and take excess produce and plants from the garden to swap with other avid gardeners and cooks.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
How many Workawayers can stay?
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 day a week. Not including breaks.
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the accomodation was amazing in their tiny house, very comfortable! I think the most comfortable accomodation I ever got in a workaway!
They provide me food, all I wanted to eat, I could just go to their pantry and get it... and every 18h we have dinner together... they always
From the first minute they would make me feel part of the family. Jane is such a lovely person, who makes you feel at home immidiately. Glenn is really funny and knows so much about the nature in the surroundings! We went on a lot of walks togheter, which were really
The workaway cabin was so cozy and private and it was
the date that i stayed here was holiday season but they warmly welcome me.
i learned a lot of things from Jane and Glenn.i.e.garden plannning, varieties of tree/plants /sometimes snake and spider!! also,i did learn cycle of life.there were nothing useless
We had huge opportunities to learn, Glenn took us on some of his morning walks through the near forest and explained every detail to us, he showed us the best places to
Jane and Glen have a lovely family and a really nice house and garden.
It's a perfect break from the city and Jane and Glen are more than happy to show you around and if you're interested to talk to you about Yoga/Chinese Medicine/Travel. They have a lot to teach you.
Plus the food from
Jane often works togheter with the workawayers in the garden, but she leaves them work on their own as well, always with Kosma the wonderful dog Jeeping company! Works are various, from digging weeds to picking berries or vegetables, feeding chickens and ducks, prepare
Jane is a really interesting