Striving for self-sufficiency in the hills of North East Victoria, Australia

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a young family of 4: Jake and Aleth, Remi (5) and Lucy (2), and have recently purchased a small property. Our main objective is to turn our 8 acres into a productive space based on permaculture principles to try and achieve a certain level of self sufficiency. We have 1 little dog, 20 sheep, meat chickens (seasonal only), laying chickens, 2 pigs (seasonal only), a hive of bees and fish in the dams. Jake also has a woodworking business (tree milling / furniture making).

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Jake knows lots about wood and could teach you to recognise different trees and their characteristics/qualities, as well as uses for building/furniture making. Also a keen hunter, he can take you for walks to try and spot some wildlife. Aleth is French and speaks French to the kids, and also plays the violin. We have both travelled in the past and have been well looked after by people on the way, so we are happy to return the favour!

  • Help

    Help

    We currently have lots of projects going on such as fencing the veggie garden and orchard (wooden fence), landscaping (big retaining wall), preparing for a verandah extension. Of course this will all be made out of wood so first we’ll need to source and mill the timber!
    The veggie garden also needs preparing for spring planting, and there’s always making the daily bread in our wood stove and cooking dinner with home grown meat and veggies! Kids also provide round the clock entertainment!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, french

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Double bed in cosy renovated garage (separate building from the house).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Can pick up from Albury train station.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • 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

Our family on new creek bridge
Our backyard!
Helper accommodation
Eating peas straight off the bush
Autumn leaf
Typical summer harvest
Free range chicken
Shiitakee mushrooms ready to harvest
Canoe on the dam
First catch from our dam
Rory, helping us out with the lambs
Marina, helping out with fencing




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