Looking for help to set up gardens and orchard, building projects, and childcare on our own piece of paradise near Mullumbimby, Australia

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a young family and Granny who have just recently moved into our own peace of paradise, and are in the process of setting it up as a Permaculture Farm. 5 minutes out of Mullumbimby we live on a tenancy-in-common (AKA Multiple Occupancy) with an awesome group of neighbours.

    We have two daughters 10 and 6, some sweet cows, 30 chickens, 7 guinea fowl and 7 ducks as well. We have abundant wildlife around, and plenty of cows on the shared 30 acres that surrounds our property.

    We are looking for help setting up gardens, and orchard, fencing, building projects, general maintenance, and help with the animals if you are so inclined.

    Cyrano is a permaculture activist with years of training alongside David Holmgren. We also have a Vetiver Nursery starting on our property, and are doing many projects around our property using this amazing plant. Bianca is a passionate homemaker who loves cooking and preserving tasty and nourishing food. We enjoy visiting the beach, playing music, and enjoying nature.

    We would offer a renovated caravan that has fully equipped caravan with kitchen, queen-sized bed, a compost toilet behind, and outdoor shower, with hot water :) The caravan does not have wifi, and the mobile reception is limited, though works well for some people. You will have privacy in the caravan space and there is a lovely view and firepit perfectly situated for star-gazing.

    Exchange can be negotiated, we offer some garden produce and eggs but you will make your own meals in caravan and supply your own food. Sometimes we may share a meal together but rarely. Also laundry needs to be done in town, there is a great laundromat in Mullumbimby.

    For the exchange of the caravan we would appreciate 3-4 hours of work per day for 5 days work per week and 2 days of rest on weekends (minimum 2 week stay). Also happy for you to work hours over a few days and have rest of the week off. Whatever suits, we are flexible. Having a car is beneficial for longer-term stays as we are a 35-minute walk to town, but it seems easy enough to hitch rides around these parts too.

    We would prefer no smoking in the caravan and people that like children. We live in such an incredible place and look forward to sharing it with you!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have many beautiful teachings available on our farm, permaculture and regenerative agriculture are both practised and taught here. Also Bianca cooks many things from scratch so sometimes there is opportunity to learn about fermenting foods, making yoghurt, cheese and bread etc. As we live on a community there is also possibility to move to our neighbours properties to work their and learn more about community living.

  • Help

    Help

    We would love for you to do what you are passionate about and are open to you offering suggested projects. Things we NEED help with are:
    Building Projects - some finishing work on the house, farm maintenance projects etc
    Farming - Veggie garden planting, weeding, fruit tree planting, working on Vetiver nursery, mowing
    Animal Care - We have sheep that need to be moved, chickens that need to be fed and locked up, baby chicks to be checked on, moveable fencing to relocate, the list goes on...
    Help in the house - Deep cleaning - like windows and cupboards etc, help decluttering
    Babysitting/Childcare - Our 2 girls love to play and when needed we would love childcare so that Bianca can work in the office for a few hours.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Caravan with own kitchen and compost toilet. The caravan has been renovated, has a comfortable queen size bed, fully equipped kitchen, couch and dining table, wifi and fridge! Please note there is no internet in the caravan, and poor mobile reception (though OK with some providers. Everything you need and set in beautiful nature. There is a lovely hot outdoor shower beside the caravan and a compost toilet closeby. The facilities are yours during your stay, and you will not need to share with anyone.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are happy to take volunteers around the area when/if we have time on weekends. We do have a bike to loan so that you can get into town if you do not have a car. Mullumbimby and surrounds have beautiful nature and a rich diverse cultural scene that many people fall in love with!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our family
Harvest your dinner with a friend.
Very friendly sheep and children too ;)
Planting opportunities abound!
Fully equipped kitchen so you can have your own space on weekends and for some meals to do as you please.
Yummy food, and opportunity to learn about preserving, making yoghurt, cheese and bread.
Lots of chickens and fresh eggs. We also have guinea fowl, ducks and rabbits to care for too!
Large veggie garden with lots to learn and grow (it has doubled in size since this picture was taken).
This is the caravan with super comfy bed.
Cute renovated caravan to call home, a beautiful retreat space with unlimited wifi and your own kitchen.
Delicious home cooking with lots of fresh organic veggies and herbs from the garden
The Blue House, our home




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