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We are Mattias and Faith, a Flemish / Aussie couple with two little girls, recently returned from five years living and traveling overseas. We've recently purchased a 5 acre share on a lovely, friendly community half way between Nimbin and Lismore and are looking for people who would like to come and help us develop the property and build our home.
Matt has worked his whole life in the construction industry and is skilled in many areas including plumbing and carpentry. He has experience working with natural building techniques including earthships, composting toilets, earth bags and cob. He speaks Dutch, French and English. Faith has many years experience teaching and living in communities, most recently the Wilderland community in New Zealand where she managed the education program and gardens.
The property has a wide range of sub-tropical fruit trees, natives and ornamentals and terraces have been developed to improve drainage and for passive irrigation. The soil is lush and plants grow prolifically. Wallabies, birds and many other forms of wildlife also make this land their home.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We ask that you contribute ten hours per week to the project but when you work those hours is negotiable. While you work you will be learning valuable skills. The rest of your time you will have off to relax, work on your own projects or explore the surrounding area. We are only about half an hours drive from beautiful swimming holes, waterfalls, cafes and local markets. We are 25 mins from Lismore, a large town with all amenities, and just half an hour from Nimbin. The beaches of Byron Bay are about an hour away.
Work is varied and may include:
Assisting with the build of a new ferro-cement outdoor kitchen and bathroom
Propagating and planting many different types of plants
Mulching and fertilising fruit trees
Mowing and brush-cutting
Helping take care of Freya and little Aurora (if you have experience)
Constructing a chicken house, vegetable garden and other small projects
Ultimately we would like to develop vegetable gardens, raise chickens, revegetate the creek and under-plant the fruit trees with productive under-story, but for now we are focused on the build of the outdoor kitchen, as well as maintaining the orchards and existing gardens. We will also be doing a fair bit of tree planting early in the season.
At the moment we have dragon fruit and many citrus fruits ripening, as well as lots of organically grown greens and culinary herbs that you are welcome to share. We have a large greenhouse and love growing!
This host offers a language exchange
Our girls are currently learning French so would love french speakers to spend time with them. We can share English, French and Flemish (Dutch).
We offer a large, fully equiped camp with a large two-room tent and awning, sink, stove, tables and chairs, esky, camping gear and cooking equipment, a double bed, simple solar lighting and good internet access. There is room to settle in and spread out. We also have all the necessities including hot shower, washing machine and unlimited fast wifi. The bathroom is shared at present, but you have your own access at the back of the house.
It is also possible to park a van on the property and camp in your own style.
We provide simple groceries for three meals per day, including oats, nuts, rice, canned beans and tomatoes, bread, weetbix (if you like them), eggs, fruit and vegetables and occasional meat if you want it. We are very open to incorporating your food preferences and/or dietary requirements.
The property is a little out of town, so your own vehicle is an advantage, however hitchhiking is also very possible after a walk of about 20 mins. During the school term a school bus passes by in the mornings and afternoons, traveling to and from Lismore. During the holidays there is a bus from the main road and we can arrange to drop you there and pick you up if you want to visit town.
We prefer a mature single person or perhaps a couple traveling together, however we have also enjoyed hosting families. If you have skills in carpentry, natural building, plumbing, painting, alternative energy, cooking, baby-sitting, gardening or bush regeneration we would love to hear from you! But we are also open to anyone who is keen to learn. We prefer a two week minimum stay with longer stays (up to six months) possible for the right people.
If this sounds like something you’d enjoy please email us with a little about yourself, including your skills and experience. As backpackers we've worked both with and as wwoofers ourselves, so we know how to make your stay fun, affordable and interesting.
This is a long term project and people come and go regularly so please contact us re availability.
We look forward to hearing from you :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a good wifi connection that is accessible from the camping area. Unfortunately we cannot offer an inside work area.
Travelers with their own van, camper and caravan are our preference.
More than two
10 hours per week
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