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Great Barrier Island
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 8
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 23913
Region: Great Barrier Island

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Last Updated: March 21, 2018

Volunteering and Internships!

We have a couple of vacancies for a volunteer starting around the 26th March 2018:(4 week minimum Stay)


We run a small scale intensive market garden, nursery and orchard on Great Barrier Island, operating according to organic/biological principles.

We grow a very wide range of high quality produce including fruit, vegetables and herbs. 95% of our produce stays here. Truly local food. Our small but busy nursery grows a wide range of seedlings for local gardeners.

Our produce is available at a weekly Saturday market at Stonewall Village in Tryphena, and via a fruit/vege box service for locals and visitors almost year round. We also supply local cafes and restaurants.


There is no mains power out here so we rely on solar panels, batteries and a generator. We have no TV but we do have WiFi Internet, and lots of board games. Volunteers need to be self sufficient and able to entertain themselves, preferably in the great outdoors or reading our range of excellent horticultural texts!

95% of the food we eat is organic, all our fruit and veg are our own. We have started a successful small organic co-op to bring in organic dry goods.

There are 2 levels of participation here; (1) as a straight volunteer: minimum stay 2 months, 6 hours work, 5 days a week. In exchange we give you food (all meals) and lodging (caravan) and is only available off peak season. (2) as an intern: minimum stay 12 weeks, 7 hours work, 5 days a week (spring through summer). Internships are intended for individuals seeking hands on training and experience in preparation for becoming growers themselves. As well as food/lodging, we offer more education/training, involve interns at a wider level in the workings of the farm and give interns more responsibility.

Successful applicants will be hard working, well organised, quick on their feet, dextrous with their hands, bright minded, and warm hearted! Enthusiasm, curiosity, and commitment to the well being of the farm essential.

As a general guide, tasks include planting, weeding, mulching, nursery work, harvesting, packing veg boxes, irrigation, pest control (rats), caring for free range hens, contributing any skills you may have such as building, website work etc. If time permits you may assist with bottling, making jams and relishes and everything else that is required on an organic farm.

All volunteers have their meals with us. We require a helping hand with preparing meals, making bread and the usual stuff in addition to your farm work.

This is a place for those who love the outdoors. We are right next to an estuary that leads to one of the largest white sand beaches on the island, and we have a canoe to go and explore. Vollies often go fishing off the rocks. We also have a couple of farm bikes you can use around our valley. There are many walking tracks on the island.

We have 2 lovely big dogs that share the house with us, so volunteers must be animal friendly.

We recently appeared in Country Calendar, a television programme dedicated to telling the stories of those who live on the land. See our website link above, if you want to find out more about us.

We do not accept smokers. Applicants must be at least 23 years of age. Please go to our website for an application form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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