We are a professional couple with an 18 hectare property in the far Far North. Our block is just inland just inland from the beautiful Taipa Beach, Doubtless Bay. We are developing the land inline with Permaculture principles. We welcome travellers with an an interest in learning more about Permaculture practices and all aspects of organic gardening/farming. We appreciate the practical input on this project and the added enthusiasm of those others who are similarly committed to ecologically-conscious living. Short term (7 day minimum) or longer term. Vegan household. Any experience with computers & online marketing is welcome, too. Initially we will also need help with some interior painting and setting up our new home.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You'll get to know the micro ecology of worms & soil and the reality of waste as it recycles into usable resources. You will learn to love mud, muck and the amazement of the growing world. You will acquire the language for tools, plants and many processes. You will experience the satisfaction of seeing hard work transform into built benefits & honourable work. You will witness how well everyone lives here.
Activities on this property are very physically demanding. You need to be STRONG, FIT & ENERGETIC (or at the very least willing to become so whilst you are here). Tasks include: taking daily care of the chickens (clearing their coop of poop, feeding, treating & chatting to them. Tending existing plants (watering, weeding, feeding, pruning, debugging) planting fruit trees & vegetable seedlings, saving & propagating seed, garden bed construction, trellis building, path making, earth step construction, shed & shelter building, terracing, swale forming, native re-vegetation in riparian zone (creek), worm farming, scything, mulching, collecting resources (eg seaweed /cardboard /manures for compost making). General light maintenance around the property (could be sweeping decks or paths / cleaning gutters / cleaning windows / moving wood / emptying compost buckets or even cleaning the car occasionally ... etc).
Room in one wing of the building: Separate bedroom 3mx3m with double bed + lounge chair & small kitchen table. Separate bathroom. Tea-coffee snack facilities . Full use of house kitchen Make own breakfast & lunch - food provided + inclusion in shared evening meal.
We also offer camping/sleeping outdoors (for couples or extra travellers) about 10 metres from the buildings in a 2 person hiking tents under a gazebo. With air mattress and bedding - plus the usual use of all the other facilities.
Organic food provided (vegan +our own eggs) Sorry we don't eat or provide meat or poultry. Prefer no regular alcohol or drinking on site.
We are not near any public transport. drive distance to beach (11 km). Bicycles available. Inclusion in family trips to village, towns and/or beach, if desired.
Lots to do in the Far North - coastal paths, forest walks, sea kayaking, cycling, sitting in the sun, swimming, vineyards & wine tasting, art galleries, restaurants/cafes/bars, ... plus of lovely boats, bays, rocky coastlines and quirky Northland characters.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 days On with 2 days Off per week = 5 hours a day (this includes 4 hours tasks + 1 hour helping with the evening meal and cleaning own accommodation)