Help establish our off-grid, self-sufficient, permaculture farm in Tasmania, Australia

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 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a young at heart couple (50ish). We traveled in the USA as Workaway workers for a year and are now back in Oz and ready to host.

    We were in tropical North Queensland, but when we got back from the States, we packed up and move to a cooler climate. We are now in Tasmania.

    We bought 10 acres of unimproved paddock, bought a bus, and plonked it in the middle. We have lots of animals and a strong interest in permaculture. We have a big garden (wanting to expand), a small solar set up ( wanting to expand), and practice rainwater collection (also wanting to expand).

    Our goal is to be as self sufficient as possible.

    We are off grid except for internet, but that is limited. Emails and browsing, no streaming or downloading available.

    We eat from our farm as much as possible. This means chicken, lamb, eggs, veggies in season, goat milk when we have it, etc. We are not able to cater for vegetarians or vegans, sorry.

    We are in a very small town. There is not much to do in town, pretty much nothing. We do some volunteer work in the community, and had a small craft gift shop and art gallery, which is currently closed, but hopefully opening again soon.

    We are crafters. We visit the (sort of) local markets on Saturdays. We also volunteer in the town op shop one day a week. We try to have most of our time on the farm with our animals, gardens and wildlife.

    We always have big and small projects going on. Come learn about our permaculture farm, help with the animals, make soap, milk a goat, enjoy the campfire.

    We are a small family hobby farm, not a commercial business.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn and practice permaculture skills. Learn to use basic tools. Learn some crafts. Learn animal care. Learn skills for off grid living. Learn gardening skills. Learn about our local wildlife. Practice English with world travelers. And share your skills with us.

  • Help

    Help

    Help establish our off grid permaculture farm. Help with animals. Help with building or gardening projects. Help with craft projects. Nothing that can't be learned here.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, very little Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will be sleeping in a queen bed in a bus (RV). There are shared facilities in the bus, but the bedroom is private. We cook in the bus and generally eat together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We go to the coast once a week to visit the markets, and are happy to drop you at an East coast beach or stop for a look. We have a couple of basic mountain bikes you can use. There are some local hikes and a nice river in town for a swim or kayaking in the warmer months (we have kayaks). Town is very small, and there is a history walk with information boards. There is a bus to the coast or to Launceston once a day, but maybe not on weekends. We go to the "big city" of Launceston once every two or three weeks.

    We are moderate drinkers. We are non smokers and prefer non smoking visitors. We are minimalists in the use of electricity, mostly using rechargeables. There is no TV and heating appliances like hair dryers, curling irons, etc will not work here. We are very conservative with our water. We sometimes process our own animals into food. We are unable to cater for special dietary needs.

    We are well traveled and love a good meaty conversation.

    Hope to meet you soon.

    Michael and Robyn

  • 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?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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