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We are Clare & Paul, we run our own family home permaculture farm & market garden in harmony with the land and (as much as possible) in accordance with earth loving biodynamic principles.
We have a variety of delicious organic 100% spray free organic vegetables growing here, and on our Market Garden in Iona, about 25 minutes from Koo Wee Rup.
We have happy chickens out on pasture living in busses protected by Buddy - our Anatolian Shepherd Dog, plus 25 sheep roaming around, a lovely rose garden and a fruitful orchard with a large variety of apples, citrus, figs, plums, nectarines and more..
Koo Wee Rup is 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 centres, 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 the sheep, our happy pasture fed chooks, our lovely cat Willow Midnight, our barn kitten Jimi Ginger, and a very very cheeky and extremely loveable affectionate kelpie pup, Bella aka Bell Bell.
We're looking for like minded 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 really appreciate people who are keen to get up with 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 tasks to do on the farm to keep you fit and active, and some days are perfect for just relaxing and enjoying nature, baking bread, making art, reading books and going on wonderful adventures on your days off! There's also paid work available at the market garden for people wanting to do their farming 88 days or earn a little extra travel money. :)
We are looking forward to hearing from you if any of this sounds like a good fit for what you're looking for...
This is really a "choose your own adventure" and we're excited to meet like minded people keen to lend a hand and become a part of the family!
Pratique d’une langue
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
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.
Between the two of us we have our hands very full! With the farm and our home, we are excited to welcome new friends and "farmily" to our slices of paradise and become a part of the magic.
We hope you will come and enjoy your stay with us and learn lots of new skills while you're here! :)
Clare, Paul, Matilda & Elodie
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 homestead & home permaculture garden such as mowing the lawn on the ride on mower, pulling weeds, tidying, building garden beds, setting up structures, planting seeds, weeding and watering garden beds, picking veggies to eat, collecting eggs from the hens, bringing them extra feed, working on projects and hopefully you will be sharing your own skills and knowledge with us too! :)
We have been working on a beautiful fruitful backyard permaculture garden and would love some extra hands for that project, it's been stopping and staring with the past couple years of lockdowns so extra help with that would be amazing.
We also completed the Old Dairy conversion into an extra living space for farm staff and workaways.
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 tasks 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.
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
We'd love the kids especially to be immersed in languages other than english! If you're happy to share your native tongue with us, we'd be thrilled to learn a few phrases & anything you'd love to share about your culture, country and way of life :)
We have a variety of accommodation on offer!
The farm is situated on 60 acres in Koo Wee Rup where we have 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.
In the house there are two spare bedrooms.
We have also converted the old 1920's dairy into a " winter room" with a cosy fire place and "summer room" kitchen, living room, bathroom, kitchen & laundry. Your own apartment!
We also have a tent available in summer for those who prefer privacy and sleeping on a mattress on the earth.
We love to have a shared meal aka Pizza Night with everyone on Saturday nights, a tradition left here from a former workaway from Argentina! This has evolved into a pot luck style roast dinner, which is a lot of fun to share our favourite dishes!! Or Clare will cook up a feast for the hungry farmers...
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 generally shared meals cooked communally or individually from the amazing variety of food we grow ourselves and breakfast is 'help yourself' to museli, eggs, toast, fruit, rice, 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/don't have own car.
The farm in Koo Wee Rup is in a great location - only 1 hour bus trip from Melbourne - the direct bus leaves from Southern Cross to Koo Wee Rup and we can collect you from the Bus stop in town and bring you back to the farm.
There is a lot to see and do in the local areas 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. Belgrave South has cafes, parks, artisan market, nature walks and only a short bus trip to Belgrave and Emerald town centres.
20 Minutes away from the Farm 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 to the farm 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.
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!
In the Dandenongs there are countless nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, cafes, shops, parks and gardens, and of course, Puffing Billy steam train meandering through the mountains... so much to explore!
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We have decent internet access with our wifi dongle and just had it upgraded to include more data. Our internet does drop out on very windy or very cloudy days. #farmlife
Plenty of space for your own vehicle, van, campervan etc
As we have animals living on the farm, any more pets probably wouldn't work. But happy to discuss if you think your dog would fit in well here and is very good with small children, dogs, cats, chickens and sheep.
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