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PRESTON
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 13
Persons: 5
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 25403
Region: Tasmania

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Last Updated: October 10, 2017

LOVE GROWING VEGETABLES, WANT TO LEARN HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN MARKET GARDEN???

Opportunity to join a fun, dynamic farm. Opportunity to take on responsibilities, learn new farming skills, and be part of a team. We are looking for one or two people who want to really get to know the nuts and bolts of running a market garden and help us make it even better.

Old School Farm is farm in Preston, about 20 minutes inland from Ulverstone in NW Tasmania. We run a 2 hectare market garden, and sell our produce at the Cradle Coast Farmers Market in Ulverstone, and Harvest Market in Launceston, every weekend. We also supply fresh vegetables to local shops and restaurants. Our farm is run on biological principles, and we employ a range of methods for seeding, weeding, and harvesting, using both hand and mechanical methods. We are always experimenting and trialing new crops and new systems. We are biological farmers, this means that we do not use chemicals or farming methods that are detrimental to soil health. Practically, this means we do not use fungicides, insecticides, harsh fertilizers or most herbicides. This means sometimes we grow a cabbage with an insect hole in the leaf, but we can live with that!!
We are not certified organic, biodynamic or permaculturists, however we do love lots of their ideas and principles and mix them with science, practicality and precision farming methods to create a system with soil health being a primary objective. We love providing fresh, healthy, vegetables to our local community, and showcasing new and interesting vegetables that people may not have eaten before.


Old School Farm is centred around the the old Preston Primary School. We live in the classrooms of the old school and have a large rambling house with a number of outbuildings. There is lots of space, with 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, and 2 lounge areas with fireplaces. We have a number of different room options. Where you sleep will usually depend on availability when you arrive. You will have access to a separate bathroom and kitchen facilities and lounge area and we share a laundry.
You will need to prepare your own breakfast from food provided. We have a roster for lunch and dinner, and every one helps with general cleaning. It is essential that everyone cooperate in keeping our house clean, as it makes Old School Farm a more enjoyable place to live and work. Interns are provided with food and accommodation as part of the internship. Food is mostly comprised of vegetables and meat we grow, artisan bread and sweet treats, cheese and dairy and olive and nut oils that we trade with other local farmers. We are part of the premium food community in Tasmania and do a lot of trading with other suppliers on a weekly basis.
This means we have lots of variety and fantastic quality ingredients to make great food. If you have very special dietary needs let us know. If you want special foods you are welcome to bring them with you, buy them yourself or convince us they are so good that we all want them. We do brew our own beer. If you want to drink it, you will need to help make it.


We do have really good wi-fi and a phone available for reasonable use.
We provide a regular stipend for incidentals.
A manual driversí licence is preferred but not essential (donít let this stop you from applying).
We are an LGBTI friendly community, and tolerant of diversity. We are however not tolerant of bigotry, bullying, or abuse. We have a one strike and you are out policy on any inappropriate behaviour.
We are a strictly non smoking community, this is non negotiable. We are however, supportive, so if you have recently quit, we are able to support you in that choice.
There might be opportunities for us to provide paid work to sign off on your second working holiday visa. This will be open to negotiation with each individual.

A basic level of fitness is required. Farm work is predominately physical labour, so you need to be prepared to work hard. The work required is varied, interesting and in part dependent on weather/seasonality and your skill level.

Extracurricular activities:
There are lots of interesting and fun activities to do on your day off and in free time during the week, including caves, canyons, waterfalls, river swimming and other tourist activities. The closest town is 20 minutes away, and we go there regularly, and can arrange for you to do any shopping that you need to do. We have vehicles available for community members with licenses to use on days off and longer trips away.

We try to create a diverse and dynamic group of people with many interests and varying backgrounds, so that each individual can offer a new or different perspective to the group. While we appreciate knowledge or skill in a particular area, everyone participates in all areas of farm and maintenance work. We have people from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds come and stay with us, from graphic designers, artists and carpenters.

We work hard here at Old School Farm but we also like to have fun. We look for adventurous people who can balance work and play, are very flexible, have positive attitudes about life and work, and can enjoy life in a rural setting. Remember we are letting you into our community, you will participate in all our seasonal holidays, parties with friends, camping holidays and spend time with our children and grandparents.

Please get in touch if you want to know more about anything.
Cheers from the Old School Farm Team

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