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Our farm is a certified organic vegetable farm in the lovely area of Mount Tyson run by James & Ronnie with a bit of help from Ronnie's father Don. We have 3 children who have all left home but like to visit when they can. James has been farming all his life & Ronnie was raised on a farm & used to work in Administration in the rural sector. We purchased our farm in late 2016 and made the change to organic farming. We also run organic pasture raised pigs & a few cattle. We are working towards incorporating Regenerative & Natural Sequence Farming into our farm thus looking at a more holistic way of farming. We are a dog & cat friendly family with 1 working Kelpie dogs and one very spoilt Jack Russell & a cat who have the run of the house. So if you do not like cats or dogs this probably won't suit you. Our farm is a non smoking environment. We are a busy farm with a lot to do as we are still getting our farm how we need it to work efficiently. We also occassionally take produce to the local farmer's market in Toowoomba on Saturdays where it is a great way of meeting a large diversity of people & seeing the produce that is grown & supplied locally. During the day you will be working along side one of us but at other times working unsupervised. If you are a person who can show initiative & pitch in and get things done you will fit right in here and enjoy your time with us. Some of the work can be quite physical but we would only give you jobs that we know you can handle. We love to teach people about Organics & Regenerative farming & the benefits to the environment & your health. We enjoy learning about other cultures & enjoy a chat over a good meals & maybe a glass of wine or beer. If you like to spend a lot of time on the internet, your phone, snapchat etc.... this would not be the place for you as we like to interact with our volunteers and have a family environment. As we are quite slack & haven't yet learnt another language so please remember that we only speak English & a good grasp of the English language would be essential as to prevent any misunderstandings. Our initial stay would be for 1 week to see if we all mesh then longer stays to be negotiated after that. We can collect you from Toowoomba which is half an our from Mount Tyson. Please note that we are a very busy enterprise & we strive to reply to all emails promptly. What we do ask that when contacting us you have a genuine interest in coming here and reply to us ASAP. We do not have the time to be wondering if or when you are coming, we appreciate a decisive decision to come here or to contact us and let us know that you won't be coming.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We are a certified organic farm so travellers can expect to learn about organic farming practices. Also we raise organic pigs & cattle so would be learning how to care for them also. You would also be learning along side us us we shift to incorporate Regenerative farming & Natural Sequence farming. We try to practice what we preach so you can expect lovely fresh home grown organic food & a healthy lifestyle.
Work includes planting, harvesting, weeding, feeding stock, packing produce, fencing, mowing, gardening, irrigation, help with market stall and General Farm Maintenance. We cannot provide any paid work at the present time.
Accomodation will be in a very neat & tidy caravan with amenities being within the house. We have Wiifi available. We are usually early risers as we try to get the bigs jobs completed before the heat kicks in. I like to cook healthy meals at night but breakfast & lunch is usually help yourself to the fridge & pantry unless I have made something. Usually the deal is if I cook, others tidy up, stack the dishwasher or wash up. We also ask that you are a tidy person who cleans up after themselves. We provide accomodation for one - two people.
We are located only half an hour from the beautiful garden city of Toowoomba which has many local attractions. We are also close to the Bunya mountains which is renowned for its beautiful rainforests and stunning wildlife. We are also close to Coolmunda dam which is great for water skiing and camping. the Queen Mary falls are reasonable drive to visit also.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week