Help me create a self-sufficient paradise in Lansdowne, NSW, Australia

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: No minimum

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  • Description

    Description

    update June 2024:

    Due to my health, I am now seeking a carer to assist me in quality living as i progress through chemotherapy treatment. This may involve driving me around, and just general help with day to day tasks, but nothing dangerous or heavy lifting . It will be fairly easy and would probably suit a very caring and thoughtful person/woman. I mostly struggle with fatigue/motivation and memory.
    I have family nearby who are primary care givers. They handle big picture stuff. You're just day to day living and enjoying yourself in nature if I'm resting

    I think this will be a great opportunity for someone. It will be fun and easy and you'll have much time for your self.

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    I've got a newish empty block of land (45 Ha) a few hours north of Sydney, that I'm turning into an off-grid small farm.
    I've got lots of bush and paddocks.
    I"m about 30 minutes from the beaches, and 30 minutes to towns with everything you need.

    I've built a shed, a carport and I'm currently working on my small house. I currently live in the house.
    I have a dog, cattle, horses, ducks, geese and a large food forest which is very young.

    I need energetic people to help with everything. If you're excited by the prospect of starting from scratch, and want to learn gardening, building, fencing, machinery, tools and everything in-between, then I want you.

    I'm 41, male, and live alone with my dog, but I have family nearby :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I can teach many things even besides what tasks we will do.
    My family an I are Aussie born and bred, with British backgrounds, but we have all travelled extensively and lived in cities and rurally.
    I have couch surfed and hosted a lot in the past too, so I am familiar with the needs and requirements of travellers.
    I love learning about other cultures and place and I really enjoy teaching too!

    Between me, my sister/partner (who live next door) and parents (nearby) we have a few decades of experience in Horticulture, agriculture, landscaping, native plant identification and bush regeneration, home renovation, building, IT and technology skills; numerous degrees and high levels of knowledge and skill.
    My sister and I especially are interested in Regenerative Agriculture and follow people like Richard Perkins, with hopes to do a lot of what the leaders in the field are doing. We do a lot of fermentation and making sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, water kefir, and similar things :)
    I also have bees, and dabble in many areas.

    You can assist me with errands in town, help around my parents place if you have anything to offer.
    Basically, we have 3 properties that could all use some help. The list of help available is endless.
    Mostly you can learn about Australia, the bush, building, cattle/Australian small-scale animal farming, coastal farming from the tasks we will do.

    I have "Workaway'd" in Denmark on an organic pig farm a few times and other places and I feel like I know how to be a good host.
    I'm happy to help you explore any part of Australian culture you want.
    Just nearby my farm you can see typical traditional Aussie farmers doing their thing.
    By going into town for supply runs you'll see how a typical coastal Aussie "Service town" works. You'll meet lots of proper Aussies, hear lots of broad (hard to understand) accents.

    Interest that me and my family have include:
    landscaping, agriculture, fermentation, farming, fencing, ecology and sustainability, horticulture, botany, physics (and all sciences), trees, plants, birds (we have counted around 120 species), animals (wallabies among many others), animal husbandry, English language, machinery, building, carpentry, metal help, weed identification, driving a 4WD and tractor, tool and equipment usage (like chainsaws), how to split logs with an axe, all about Australian timbers, different types of forests. My land has dry and wet sclerophyll forests (bush), sub-tropical rainforest and other varieties of tree groupings (we really like plants!).
    I am a jack of all trades, have done a LOT of outdoor adventuring, canyoning, caving, climbing, camping and multi-day hiking and I'm even a former SCUBA instructor.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    In 2020 i put in a couple of dams, driveway, carport, fencing and infrastructre and started a food forest.
    In 2021, I built a shed, did more fencing and planting and have gotten a good start on my house.
    In 2022 I waited... and got power and water on :)
    IN 2023, the house is going to be finished!!!
    In 2024 I moved in to house at end of 2023, and in 2024 have been dealing with health more than property

    The house will be innovative, fully off-grid with solar power, rain water, efficient design, but very modern looking, more at home in scandinavia than Australia!
    There will be tasks to do such as collect/cut firewood, feed animals and general farm/rural help. I have some cattle and horses (although they come and go).
    i have 7 Geese currerently. All very friendly.
    The property was abandoned for over 5 years before I got it, and the former owner did not take care of it either so it deteriorated a fair bit.

    This kind of help would ideally suit people really keen to get down and dirty who don't mind doing things alone, or lots of random things. I'd love people who are good at taking initiative. Experts are always welcome, but anyone willing to learn and enthusiastic is fine by me.

    How meals and food will happen
    - It will be provided, or discussed and worked out amicably. We are very flexible and have multiple areas to cook. If you camp on the farm I'll get ingredients.

    - There is very little to the farm area, but if taking a bus/train/plane to a nearby town or city, I can very likely pick you up or help you get here. The nearest major town is Taree, NSW (about 30 minutes away). It has a train station and bus stops, and is between Sydney and Brisbane.

    You won't be bored.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I like all languages and learning about them.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    I live in my shed very comfortably, and especially during summer the dam is incredibly good for swimming.

    You could share the shed, the empty house, or camp, or whatever you want! I'm very flexible. I have basic cooking facilities and washing up area. Think of it a bit like glamping, but with less glamour ;)

    The only thing I really lack is a shower but if you're desperate there are options nearby. I swim in the dam most days.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is much walking to do around, but regular trips to town will happen with various family members. Some beach time can also happen. You will need a car to get anywhere but we have 5 between the family so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    There is decent mobile reception for those true self sufficient digital nomads if camping on my land.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Any size vehicle can be accommodated. In fact, vehicles are preferable.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs are fine, provided they're socialised. Anything else.... well, they're welcome but they'll be outside so up to you... I have an intact male young dog.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 677153547164

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