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Goongerah
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 6
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 21161
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: May 25, 2017

A small picturesque farm situated on a river between two big forested national parks in East Gippsland. Witchwood is tucked into the hills just below the Errinundra plateau which is a stronghold of giant old growth trees.
The settlement of Goongerah has a population of about 40 people, a school, various community groups but no shops, TV or mobile reception (it does have satellite internet and landline phones).
The property is run organically and has a large food production and preserving set-up; vegie gardens, orchard, chickens, geese and dairy goats, as well as two Clydesdale horses, two dogs and even free-range guinea pigs in the orchard. Self-sufficient in fruit, veggies, eggs and milk. Still working on chocolate and vegemite.
Have piano but no time to learn - so piano players welcome!
Property is 100% solar powered and has a water wheel for pumping to the hill tank from the river.
A lot of my time is spent working to protect the East Gippsland forests from clearfell logging and woodchipping - a major task!
Much of these surrounding forests are hundreds of years old and support many endangered native animals that need protecting from logging.
Political leanings - Dark Green.
Vegetarian meals provided. Own bedroom at the main house or you can DIY catering in the old bark hut for less work hours.
The farm is 70km from the nearest town and shops. Your own car is handy as there is no public transport past Orbost. Hitch hiking that 70km is fairly safe though. with warning can also organise a lift with neighbours on weekly shopping trips.
From Spring through to May, there will be building, gardening, firewood collection, fruit gathering and preserving, solar drying, some mowing and raking, planting and weeding,wood chopping and general day to day maintenance chores like feeding animals. The rest of the year is a mix of orchard maintenance, gardening, compost making, raking, more firewood collection and wood chopping, animal feeding, food preserving, shed cleaning and the many daily chores on a small farm.
Practical experience with fix-it tasks most welcome but not essential. There is always something to share!

For more images of the farm and what goes on -

https://open.abc.net.au/explore/82086

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3183664/Meet-Jill-Redwood-lived-grid-30-years-East-Gippsland-house-built-3000-walls-COW-POO.html


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