Shape and care for the land in a haven of diversity in Cheviot, New Zealand


New Zealand

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  • Description


    This is the eco-living arrangement and rural lifestyle of Olmec and Melisa.

    Our 2 hectare lifestyle forest garden is a haven of diversity. We use permaculture principals and thinking to shape and care for the land, growing a wide range of crops and creating habitat for animals including pigs, chickens and ducks. We make use of alternative energy systems and attempt to create a low impact way of life.

    Motivated by the converging problems of environmental degradation, over population, peak oil and climate change, we develop resilient living systems with a focus on biological environmental restoration, food production and living in balance with nature.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Spend time with like minded people working close to nature to grow healthy fruit and vegetables. You will have the opportunity to learn about rain and water management, tree growing and care, vegetable production, chickens, ducks and pigs.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We seek help from interested, motivated people who can join us in the garden, working with trees, firewood, weed management and more.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Shipping container with attached kitchen. Double and single beds well as hammocks. Kitchen has fridge, gas cooking, electric jug. Enjoy the wood fire oven which heats water for the kitchen and outdoor shower. The toilet is a rustic outhouse near by.

    You are responsible for providing your own food and meal preparation with access to fresh fruit and vegetables from the forest garden.

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    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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 773767233987