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 natural agriculture/permaculture/organic property.
I love growing food, flowers and trees and creating gardens everywhere on the farm so I need help with small farm animals and in the plant nursery and gardens where we grow, using organic methods/natural agriculture methodology either food or plants for my balms and the herbal teas I make. There is also general housework, cleaning and if you have the skills, office and computer help.
I also love Art so anyone who wants to paint a mural or make signs for the property is most welcome. We also look for skilled people to help complete the community earth oven on the farm if they are able to longstay and they need to know about working with clay,
We are surrounded by trees and live close to a beautiful harbour at Whangateau. We are open to people workawaying for less hours a week in exchange for accommodation only or for longer hours in exchange for accommodation and food. We are not vegetarian but eat lots of vegetables every day. Families and children are sometimes welcome.
My dream is to establish an environmental education school for children to learn about sustainable agriculture, the interaction of land and the ocean environment and I would love help from people who are interested in sustainable environmental and social and economic change for the future of the planet. The school when it is set up will be a charity association. At present we are working in the gardens, plant nursery and cleaning up a close by property.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around 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, herbs, natural agriculture and permaculture. 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.
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We are an organic natural agriculture/permaculture property wanting to set up environmental education and organic farm stay. Currently we grow indoor and outdoor plants for sale and run some workshops for adults.
I also make herbal healing balms and teas 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.
Currently workawayers generally help me with the chores around 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 workawayers for this business work as my skills are very specific in the area of Taxation Law and my production of herbal healing balms/teas 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 workawayers skills that is part of my business activities I will pay at least $20 per hour but these opportunities are rare as workawayers 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 or demonstrate a good work ethic which can be utilised to do extra paid farm tasks.
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we have 2 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 form being once homes for animals 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
Can host families
We live up a quiet road and there is some parking available for larger vehicles.
As long as their pet is able to behave itself around our animals we have no problem.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 6 days a week
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