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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 46
Persons: up to 5 .
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 25636
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: December 13, 2017

If you would like somewhere to spend Christmas , we have vacancies right now.
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 also always have painting and sign writing to do !!
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.

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 have a French intern who has been here four months and has just gone back to France. She has been amazing !! Two other French helpers have just left after a month here. A guy from New Zealand who has been here six months is still here.
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 I welcome extra help from strong fit people to help with some of the farm chores. Although he is also very fit at the moment, he is 71.
We have vacancies right now- three French helpers are driving to Sydney for New Year after being here for two weeks and another French woman has just arrived. She will stay fro a few weeks. A Belgian man is coming for several months in early January.
You can look at our Facebook page link where helpers have recorded a video of the farm and there are lots of pictures of what we are doing now.
It is Spring here- so there is a lot of gardening to do.

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