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I am an organic farmer, wiccan, herbal healing balm maker and english language teacher and live with my daughter, her partner and my grandchildren on our 20 acre permaculture/natural agriculture property. I am working towards establishing an environmental education school for children to learn about sustainable agriculture, the interaction of land and the ocean environment and want help from people who are interested in sustainable environmental and social and economic change for the future of the planet. This will be a charity association.
I love growing food, flowers and trees and creating gardens everywhere on the farm and look for skilled people to help complete the community earth oven on the farm if they are able to longstay, otherwise I need help with small farm animals and the gardens where we grow, using permaculture and natural agriculture, either food or plants for my balms. There is also general housework, cleaning and if you have the skills, office and computer help.I love Art so anyone who wants to paint a mural or make signs for the property is most welcome.
We are surrounded by trees and live close to a beautiful harbour at Whangateau. We are open to people just working 15 hours a week in exchange for accommodation only or doing 25 hours per week for accommodation and food. We are not vegetarian but eat lots of vegetables every day. Families and children are welcome.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
I am a trained english language teacher so can help people with their english plus I have traveled extensively in the world and am comfortable with different cultures and am happy to share my life experience. I love to cook and share recipes and I am happy to introduce people to the natural environment of NZ through my knowledge of medicinal native plants, permaculture and natural agriculture. I am interested in discussing world affairs and how we can change the world even as an individual. I am involved in my local community as a volunteer through groups like Greenswap, Mahurangi WasteBusters, The Matakana Community Garden, Whangateau Resident and Ratepayers and so you can tag along and help or just watch these happenings and see how people live in NZ when they are part of a community.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
We are an organic permaculture/natural agriculture property wanting to set up environmental education and organic farm stay.
I also make herbal healing balms from plants grown on the farm. We have an unfinished community earth oven project as part of the community education we hope in the future to offer as part of a charitable education programme but we need longer stay skilled persons for this project. I look for help with the small farm animals, the garden, the house, firewood collection, cooking, cleaning, some building, painting depending on peoples skills and what time of year it is. Although I am self employed I do not generally use volunteers for this business work as my skills are very specific in the area of Taxation Law and my production of herbal healing balms from plants grown at our farm is part of my Wiccan practice and not yet fully commercial. If I have any work that fits a volunteers skills that is part of my business activities I will pay $20 per hour but these opportunities are rare as volunteers who wish to be paid require specific skills relating to taxation law/accountancy and/or Wiccan practices for gathering and working with plants to make herbal healing balms.
english, maori, german
we have individual cabins, an old bus with 2 single beds and a double bed and a 3 bed backpacker space room. We have a separate kitchen if people only work for their accommodation so they can cook. We have both compost and flushing toilets available, several shared lounge spaces and various other basic accommodation buildings on the farm property. The farm is not a "middle-class" place as it has been a farm for more than 100years and so buildings are older, have been recycled and more emphasis placed by me on the natural environment than on the houses, however they are dry, clean and if you like nature you will love this place with its glowworms, its waterfall, gardens, forest and the nearby beach.
We are 1km walking distance from the Whangateau Harbour and close to Tawharanui Regional Park, Omaha, Pakiri ocean beaches, Matheson Bay, Leigh and Matakana. There is a weekly market at Matakana which is a tourist highlight. Hitchhiking locally is very easy but there is also a bus in Matakana which is 8km from the farm. There are walking tracks, a waterfall by the farm and an 8km walk to Tamahunga Mountain and Pakiri Beach. We have had over 1,000 helpers stay with us from around the world and we have 3 generations living at the farm.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week