Help me develop my small holding in Northland , New Zealand

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  • Descripción


    I have previously been an artist in clay, textiles and graphics. I owned an art gallery for more than nine years, specialising in handmade New Zealand made works but now I concentrate on developing my neglected small holding.
    I garden organically, growing some vegetables and fruit but planting support plants too.
    I have travelled a little in Italy, Korea, Spain, Canada, UK and Australia and am interested in other cultures.
    In my 50's I went to University for the first time and studied geology, gaining a BSc in 1997. Although I am now 80 years old, I am fit and active and most of my friends and associates are much younger. I am interested in interacting with many cultures.
    Nine years ago I moved to Kaiwaka, Northland to a 3 acre block which needs a lot of work to develop further. So far I have planted many trees and perennials. For the last two years I have adopted Syntropic principles, a step further than permaculture which is about sustainability. Syntropy is about creating abundance and improving the degraded earth.
    My dream is to gift my property to the community as a teaching centre and suitable plant propagation unit for Syntropic food forests.
    Current accommodation is a double bed in a modern separate garage. Meals and bathroom facilities shared in the house. I hope to have better sleeping areas soon.
    The help you will be asked to do can be quite physical and sometimes tedious as you would expect in a farm setting. Climate change sees us often out in light rain and strong winds so if you are averse to less than ideal weather perhaps you may consider that my place is not for you.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Práctica de idiomas
    Cuidado de animales
    Ayuda en una granja
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Ayuda informática
  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    We are convinced that human beings cannot go on trashing the planet and we try to make a difference by being as self sufficient as we can. We minimise vehicle use; plan any purchasing trips to fit in with other needs such as visiting family or attending medical care. Those who have stayed and feel they have learned from us have posted feedback which gives a good picture of what exchange we can offer. I have many old skills, learned as I grew up on a back country farm miles from the nearest neighbours. Many of these skills such as butchering poultry for the table, cooking on a wood fire, looking after animals, making bread and various methods of food preservation have been lost by younger generations and I believe it is important to know these skills to be independent if there is a disaster or crisis.

  • Ayuda


    My 3 acre plot is mostly over run with Kikuyu grass but there are many fruit and other trees, some needing care. Work would mainly be preparing garden beds, digging holes for tree planting, clearing long grass, mowing (ride on mower and push mower, weed eater), making compost and general maintenance. Any one with building skills would be welcome to build animal shelters, shelving etc. Garden fencing is also needed.

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Inglés: Fluido
    Español: Principiante
    Italiano: Principiante

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  • Alojamiento


    Accommodation is a modern double queen bed in a garage. Toilet facilities in the house.
    My house is very small but modern. The village is about 5 minutes drive away with a specialist Dutch cheese shop/delicatessen and an unusual cafe`. This farming area has many attractive beaches and historic sites but there are no cities nearby. The nearest bank is about half an hour's drive from here and the only local ATM has a surcharge to use. I have a small dog which I have re-homed. She has some behavioural problems but is safe and getting better with kind treatment.

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    I supply all bedding and towels etc but would expect workers to bring their own soap, toothpaste, cosmetics etc. This is a non smoking household.
    It is wise to bring a full range of clothing and stout footwear.
    There are many beautiful places to visit locally if you have a car, beaches for swimming, fishing and surfing. Lots of small towns with great cafe's, museums and art galleries. Unfortunately the local roads are very busy with heavy traffic and are not safe to walk beside as there is no 'shoulder'.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    I have, previously had a 4 berth campervan parked near the house on a gravel driveway which is a bit tricky to negotiate for the inexperienced driver.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?


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