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We have a lifestyle block 20 minutes out of Tauranga, dedicated to sustainability and self-sufficiency with sheep, chickens, and a dog, Voddy,
There is no access by public transport, but we can arrange to pick you up from Tauranga.
We are hobby fruit wine makers, not commercial in any way, and can teach wine making skills, mostly in autumn, as well as share our experiences in organic gardening, vegetable and fruit preservation, bottling, and drying as well as turning fruit, sugar and water into wine, it's not a miracle, just time-consuming work :-).
To introduce ourselves we are an out and proud gay couple, who celebrated 20 years together in August 2019.
Formally, Colin Hewens (Col) and Stephen Richardson (Steve). We have both traveled to many places and received great hospitality. We see being Workaway hosts as our payback.
UPDATE NOV 2022,
Last Christmas Col's hip started to deteriorate, and he is now virtually house bound on a Walker, this means we have even more need for helpers from Workaway, It is getting too tough for Steve to manage the 0,86 Ha section alone, and without a steady supply of workawayers we will have to sell and get a smaller place,
Pratique d’une langue
Aide avec des éco-projets
Compagnie pour pers. âgée
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Aide à la maison
Aide informatique / avec Internet
Permaculture principles, organic gardening and wine making. Pest eradication from NZ forests, we have been involved with a 300 Ha pest free zone in the Kaimai, low carbon living.
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Whatever season, we are busy clearing gardens and prepare for the next season, as well as ocassionally making fruit wines, and bottling it, which is a non comercial hobby activity.
We need a couple of strong young guys to help us in the firewood block, where we usually have felled gums to cut into rounds and stack to dry for the next winter's heating.
The property is one of the better examples of self sufficiency you will have the opportunity to visit in NZ. Some nice worm farms have been re-constructed, solar PV panels and an electric car. You will be able to help with some weeding and tending the animals and small projects.
Also we are involved in organising a 300 Ha pest free zone in the Kaimai Mamaku State Forest Park, so you get an insiders view on possum, stoat and rat control up the end of the road.
We live simply, majoring in low carbon and a gentle footprint on earth. We mostly eat home grown produce. We are dairy free, but make our own Oat/almond milk.
We love making new international friends from Workaway. However due to NZ laws we insist that you have a working holiday visa, as if you have an accident (God forbid) while working with us, and needed medical attention we would all be in deep trouble, as you would have to pay for it, and we would be in trouble with the Labour Department.
If the weather is good, there is lots of interesting stuff to help us with.
Please get in touch, when you have read our whole posting. There is a gap NOW.
In summer, we have so many requests we are sorry to have to turn down so many great people. It is best to book at least a month in advance if you would like to stay with us.
When you send us a request, you should use our names, then we know you have read our profile. We prefer two workers at a time.
There is no access by public transport.
We can teach wine making skills, mostly in autumn, as well as share our experiences in gardening, vegetable and fruit preservation, bottling, and drying as well as turning fruit, sugar and water into wine.
We hope you will have a choice of tasks to do for a minimum of four to five hours daily, in return for full board and homemade wine. :-) We like to have simple projects, such as a new chicken room, berry cage or sheep shelter so you have a sense of accomplishment. Then there's always weeding :-)
Food wise we can do vegetarian, vegan [with help] as well as home reared omnivorous catering. To sleep, you may have the spare double bedroom, or a pop-top camper outside or couch according to availability. We have broadband.
When you apply, mention Dogwood Green to show you read to the end :-) Bonus points
Double bedroom for couples.
We also have an outside pop top camper for summer stays. A tad fresh in winter.
We are a long way from public transport, so you really need your own vehicle, although there is a good swimming hole and 40 hectare patch of virgin NZ bush [forest] both within easy walking distance. We will also take good workers for local trips to beach and areas of interest.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Plus de 2
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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