All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 46
Persons: up to 5 .
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 25636
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Last Updated: March 19, 2018
At the moment we need help setting up our vegetable market garden for autumn planting.
PLEASE READ THIS WHOLE DESCRIPTION !!!!!
WE NO LONGER TAKE HELPERS WHO ARE NOT PREPARED FOR FARM LIFE .
We do NOT take helpers who think farming is " cute" .
We live on a a farm which provides a great deal of our food. We always have meat ( chicken, pork, beef, lamb) in the freezer and eggs ( duck , guinea fowl, pheasant, hen) and goat milk. We also grow vegetables. WE DO NOT WASTE ANYTHING - . This is not about recycling, this is about USING all you have and not rushing out to the supermarket to buy groceries.
WE DO NOT NEED HELP WITH COOKING !!!!!!!!! We have fabulous food every day - Thai curries, pizzas, roasts, stews. There is always a LOT of food. We make our own beer and wine and ginger beer and lemonade . We make jams and pickles and cheese and butter. We know how to cook.
We live about 25km from Ballarat in Victoria and can pick people up from the railway station if you do not have a car.
HELPXers who are here generally help (voluntarily) about 5 hours a day.
Ours is a small (120 acre) mixed farm with a goat dairy, sheep, cattle, poultry and donkeys.
Help needed at the moment includes goat milking, feeding animals, gardening and general farm maintenance.
We cannot take vegetarians at all because we eat what we produce, including meat.There is always plenty of good home cooked food- and some wine and dinner debates!!
We speak both French and German reasonably and have travelled.
We often look after our two year old grandson and have a LOT of visitors and people coming to have meals with us- mostly young people.
We have dogs who come into the house including our two very large Irish Wolfhounds and a new sheep dog puppy.
HELP NEEDED INVOLVES
1. Goat milking and shed cleaning either at 6.00am or in the evening . Attention to hygiene to ensure milk quality is essential.
2. Care of organic market garden - weeding , hoeing,planting , manuring, harvesting.
3. Feeding animals ( baby lambs and kids and calves and feeding out hay using a tractor)
4. Painting and decorating .
5. Harvesting and preserving and helping at seasonal markets.
All helpers sleep in their own private bedrooms in the house or in a big studio /loft in a barn with bathroom and extra kitchen. Couples often choose this privacy.
We do not currently have any helpers here because four of our family from Queensland came downto stay and we have had many farm stay bookings.
Easter will be very very full of farm stay here and we have two helpers coming in early April. We also have a farm intern from and agricultural university in France coming. We have been taking farm interns for some years now.
We usually have three or so helpers at one time
Most of our HELPX and WWoofers stay several months here (because they like it!!) but we are fine about shorter stays.
My husband has bone cancer, so we welcome extra help from strong fit people . Although he is also very fit at the moment, he is 71.
You can look at our Facebook page " Cremona Hillside Farm " where helpers have recorded a video of the farm and there are lots of pictures of what we are doing now.