Help us set up a permaculture farm in Tasmania, Australia



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    I'm 67, French born but living in Australia for 55 years, my wife is 63 and Australian born, and we live togeher in our apple packing shed until he new build is livable.

    I'm an environmentalist with a true understanding of sustainability, and I have a Permaculture Design Certificate and Diploma in renewable Energy Technology. I'm keen to share information on how to achieve sustainable living.

    I've started building a 10 star energy efficient and off the grid eco-house. If you have any building skills, you will be very appreciated!

    Now that we have a roof up, I will be largely concentrating on the house, my zone 1..... there's still work to be done on the market garden, but with winter approaching, work there is slowing down.

    Now that the house is structurally finished, we will need a lot of help with the garden and farm which have been neglected for too long now. There's a greenhouse to finish, compost to move around, goats and sheep to look after, etc etc...

    Permaculture being a design system for sustainable living and not just a gardening system, a permaculture house is actually the core of the system. Its design, placement, energising, attachment to the environment (dealing with waste and waste water for instance) is as important as the garden and/or food forest.

    So if you're interested in learning more about eco housing, the Fanny Farm is for you!

    Unfortunately, as I am of the opinion veganism is neither sustainable nor a fit for permaculture design, I have reluctantly decided to no longer accept vegans. Vegetarians welcome.....

    There's always lots to learn here.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I have expertise in sustainability generally. Anyone interested in sustainable living will learn a lot from me. I'm well traveled, and speak fluent French.

  • Help


    Currently setting up a permaculture farm, including building a state of the art solar powered house.

    I need help with fencing, building, and general permaculture farming work.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and French

  • Accommodation


    Well insulated sleeping quarters for two (or more if willing to share a small room) in a 50 year old apple packing shed, with a kitchen, modern odorless compost toilet, and hot shower.

    No smoking.

    I'm a great cook too!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a lot to see around this part of Tasmania. The Tahune Airwalk is close by, as is the Hartz Mountain National Park. South of here are fishing spots, caves, hot springs, and 250 year old archaeological French settlement ruins. Plus the Huon Valley is a drop dead gorgeous part of the world. We are just 65km from Hobart, with regular bus services to and from there.

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    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?


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    Hours expected

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

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