Be a part of the magic at our family run permaculture property near Melbourne, VIC Australia

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello there!

    We are Clare & Paul, we run our own family home farm in harmony with the land and (as much as possible) in accordance with permaculture and earth loving biodynamic principles.

    We have a variety of delicious organic 100% spray free vegetables growing here which we take to market on the weekend, we have happy chickens out on pasture living in busses protected by an Anatolian Shepherd Dog, 22 sheep roaming around, a lovely rose garden and a fruitful orchard with a large variety of apples, citrus, figs, plums, nectarines and more..

    We are right on the Western Port Bay so very close to the beach, nature reserves, Phillip Island & the fairy penguins, 5 minutes from Koo Wee Rup and Tooradin town centers, and about 15-20 minutes from more major shopping towns of Cranbourne and Pakenham.

    On the end of a quiet dirt road our 60 acre property is home to us and our spirited and adorable 2 year old Matilda, newborn baby Elodie, 20 something sheep, our happy pasture fed chooks, our lovely kitten Willow Midnight, a very very cheeky and loveable kelpie pup, Bella.

    We're looking for people to come and help out around the farm and exchange knowledge of growing food, cooking and eating the food we grow, sustainability and living simply on the land.

    We're also looking for an au pair/demi pair type of person who is great with kids (toddlers specifically) and can help Clare around the house and with the kids or just play with Matilda here and there to give Mum some time with the newborn.

    We really appreciate people who are keen to get up with us and the birds, get their hands dirty and lend a hand with the big picture of what we're creating out here.. Ethical, sustainable food grown with love and in harmony with the earth and becoming a part of our big happy family "farmily" in the process! 🌞

    Some days there's lots of physical work to do to keep you fit and active, and some days are perfect for just relaxing or helping around the farm and of course enjoying the sunshine, baking bread, making art, reading books and going on a adventures on your days off! :)

    We are looking forward to hearing from you if any of this sounds like a good fit for what you're looking for...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We both LOVE to travel the world and feel very excited to have world travellers helping on our land & homestead now that we have a slice of paradise to share.

    Between us we have a lot of skills and knowledge in many areas other than farming having spent a lot of time in India, Central & South America, Asia and Europe travelling, working and studying cultures, yoga, art, martial arts, spirituality, music and more..

    We really enjoy sharing healthy, home grown, vibrant meals, cooking skills, music and conversation.

    Clare also runs retreats and sessions on the land and events and courses in Melbourne focussing on spiritual development, singing, sacred women's business, ecstatic dance and more.. though she's much more focussed on being a mum to Matilda right now, growing the new baby, managing all social media platforms and taking their amazing veggies & eggs to farmers markets on the weekends while Paul focusses on growing a super abundance of food, managing staff and keeping this ship of dreams afloat!! :)

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for a variety of different people to come and be a part of the fun here on the farm!

    We need a bit of help each day with various tasks - they differ from day to day, hence we need people who are happy to learn new skills and take on a variety of different roles around the farm.

    There is always lots to do around the farm such as mowing the lawn on the ride on mower (fun!), building structures on site, planting seeds, weeding and watering garden beds, picking veggies to eat, collecting eggs from the hens and hopefully you will be sharing your own skills and knowledge with us too! :)

    We are working on the plans for a beautiful permaculture garden and would love some extra hands for that project and completing the old dairy conversion into an extra living space for farm staff and workaways. Nearly there!

    Such is the nature of living on the land, we recommend our farm workaways have a good level of physical health/fitness coming to the farm as the work can sometimes be quite physically demanding (some days more than others). If this is an issue, please let us know right away so we can be sure to arrange less physical tasks for you to enjoy.

    Other than that we love help sharing the cooking of the main meals of the day & keeping the homestead & the big farm shed clean and garden tidy.

    We also love people who have experience with kids & cleaning to help around the home, this person can do a small amount of the farm tasks too if they like, but the majority of their jobs will be around the home, babysitting Matilda, general cleaning, etc - if this sounds like you please get in touch!

    (Due to current covid-19 restrictions we require a minimum of two weeks genuine social distancing prior to arriving at the farm to ensure the health and safety for all of us who live and work here)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Two modern private caravans with bedding all included (one with a double bed & a single bed and the other with two single beds - both currently empty) - room for 4-5 people total. We have two lovely long term farm hands living in the " winter room" so there is still space here for up to for or five more lovely people to come and join the fun!

    We also have a tent available in summer for those who prefer privacy and sleeping on a mattress on the earth.

    Also, we have just converted the Old 1920's Dairy into living space with a beautiful cosy wood fire, three layers of flooring (rubber mats, carpet AND rugs) plus comfy cushions, couches, coffee table, tea, kettle, mugs, oven, stove, etc for maximum comfort & relaxation for all to enjoy during break times and in the evenings during the colder winter months... :) so nice!!

    Next to the new living space is a shower and washing machine. There is also the "dunny" outdoor toilet.

    A super abundance of fresh organic veggies & eggs is on offer to eat every day too of course, that you can even pick yourself!

    Lunch & Dinner are shared meals cooked communally from the amazing variety of food we grow ourselves and breakfast is 'help yourself' to museli, eggs, toast, fruit, etc. :) Please BYO 'special ingredients' and luxury items and things you need for yourself or we can take you to the supermarket if you need.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in a great location only 1 hour bus trip from Melbourne - bus leaves from Southern Cross directly to Koo Wee Rup.

    There is a lot to see and do in the local area and further afield too. Koo Wee Rup and Tooradin have many lovely cafes & second hand shops to enjoy an afternoon off or relax away a morning.

    20 Minutes away is the Pearcedale Moonlit Sanctuary to experience native Australian wildlife & little further than that is the Mornington Penninsula with Hot Springs & beautiful beaches.

    Local beaches are only a short 20 - 30 minute drive and on lovely days we offer workaways to come with us to enjoy the sunshine and rest by the ocean.

    Melbourne is a thriving metropolis & a bus departs from Koo Wee Rup central & will take you to Cranbourne & Pakenham train stations which will then take you to Melbourne City.

    Or there is a direct bus from Melbourne to Koo Wee Rup that runs many times a day from Southern Cross Station! This is the best way to get to our farm - we will pick you up from the bus stop.

    If you have your own car/van then you can easily get yourself to the city or perhaps take yourself to see the wild life at Wilsons Prom, fairy Penguins at Phillip Island, the beaches and Hot Springs along the Mornington Peninsula, amazing beaches, gourmet food, transformational workshops, concerts, diverse culture & nightlife the 'Garden State' of Victoria has to offer!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Plenty of space for your own vehicle, van, campervan etc

  • Can possibly acccept pets

    Can possibly acccept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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