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Work on organic farm

World, Oceania, Australia, Dungay

OFFER YOUR HELP

Travel dates

24°C, 08:43

About the workproject

We need 2 volunteers

Our farm is 10km from Murwillumbah, Northern NSW, we have been hosting helpers since we joined WWOOF Australia in 1998. Passive solar home, grid/solar electric with battery back-up, solar/wood-stove hot water, mudbrick, strawbale and green roof buildings, organics, permaculture, biodynamics,recycling, Morris vintage cars, backyard aquaponics, bio char, traditional and exotic fruit and nut trees, vegetable garden, native bush, lucas sawmill, wine, beer, cheese and bread making. Two dams, creeks and rainforest walks. Dexter cattle, Damara sheep, Large Black pigs, Sebastopol geese, turkeys, ducks, chickens, native and European bees. Work depends on time of year and weather but includes fertilising, weeding, planting, mulching, compost making, general farm maintenance, building, fencing, household chores and cooking. We ask helpers to contribute 30 hours work a week and these are flexible. In return we provide good food (meat based - farm produced), hospitality, friendly family setting, comfortable separate accommodation (the TARDIS) with air-con/heater, wi-fi. Minimum stay one week - happy to negotiate longer after an initial trial. If you prefer to work with gloves please bring some with you. NON-SMOKERS ONLY.

About the host

Phil

Host since

2018

Languages

English

Last seen online

3 Months ago

Our family comprises Phil and Lindy and children. Ben, James, Melanie, Max and Alice work and live away from the property. Zak has finished High School and lives at home. We live 10 kilometres North-west of Murwillumbah. We moved here from Sydney in 1982. Our property comprises 42 hectares (105 acres) of mainly undulating native timber with pockets of rainforest. Our house is designed to be energy efficient, fully utilizing our northerly aspect. We used Australian timbers in its construction, including Cypress Pine for the frame and rafters and hoop pine for the ceilings. We cut our own flooded gum and blue gum for internal linings, other timbers we have used for furniture inside and out are Brush Box, Sally Wattle, Red Ash, Blackbutt -all milled, seasoned and dressed on-site. Farm buildings use a range of building methods including straw bale, lime render, manure/sand/clay render, timber, iron and 'green' roof - all utilising as many recycled or farm produced materials as possible. It is our aim to be as self sufficient as possible and to this end we have planted numerous fruit and nut trees. We raise chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, cattle, sheep and pigs for our own consumption and have a number of bees hives - the excess honey being sold locally or traded for other items.

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us


Work to be done

  • gardening
  • farming
  • help in the house
  • maintenance tasks

Expected workhours

  • 6 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • private room

Separate accommodation (the TARDIS) with air-con/heater, wi-fi, television, double bed.

  • shared meals

  • no money is involved