Working towards sustainability, resilience, and local/community level self-sufficiency from this household on an urban block in Ballarat.
Property is 500m^2 (1/8 acre) with permaculture garden, fruit and vegetables, bees, chickens. Garden provides food for the household and for local community food-sharing initiatives.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
You'll see sustainable living in action, while visiting a historic town with lots of tourist interest. You'll have the opportunity to learn home food production and preservation, permaculture ethics and principles, and other sustainable living skills.
Activities/work may include: pruning, mulching, planting, harvesting, food preservation, seed saving, simple building/carpentry (eg. pallet furniture), foraging, and miscellaneous "indoor" work (especially if the weather is bad) such as cleaning, tool maintenance, etc. Best/peak times for interesting work to do are September-November and February-April, but there is usually something to do year-round.
You don't need to be highly experienced, though I would especially welcome those with an interest in permaculture, edible gardening, food preservation, or building/carpentry skills. If you have specialised skills/experience I would love to learn from you, too!
Private bedroom with either a single or queen bed (depending on availability). Bedding and towels provided. Food is "ethical omnivore" almost entirely from local sources; vegetarians can easily be catered for.
Attractions: Sovereign Hill and other gold rush attractions, wildlife park, local mountain biking and bushwalking. Good restaurants/cafes/pubs within easy walking distance.
Transport: close to local buses, 2km from train station, undercover secure bike parking available. Sorry, no car available for pickup from station, but it's easy to make your own way here!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week