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Dardanup
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 33098
Region: Western Australia

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Last Updated: October 18, 2017

Looking for a real Aussie experience?
Somewhere you can experience life in an Australian family? A place where you can visit spectacular beaches,enjoy bush walks and still be close to city amenities, like shops and cafes? Would you like to experience life on a small hobby farm, learn about permaculture, sustainability and growing your food?

We are looking for enthusiastic and self motivated helpers to join our family and help us with the busy spring tasks on our farm. Our helpers are welcomed and treated as part of the family for a true cultural exchange. We offer your own double bed room in the family home and all meals,wifi, and a chance to get to know this beautiful part of the world and experience life in an Aussie family.

We are a family of six (including 3 young children and our au pair). We live on a 5 acre permaculture property that includes a mixed orchard, veggie patch & Australian Bush foods garden. We also breed chickens, aplpacs and sometimes guinea fowl. We have recently built a solar passive rammed earth home that overlooks a natural creek line & a small patch of bush that we are currently restoring with native plants.

Our farm is 12mins from Bunbury & 2mins to Dardanup with easy access to beaches, rivers, bushland, Bunbury's waterside cafe strip & famous dolphins. We also love travelling, kayaking (great for close encounters with dolphins), art & cooking with Bush Foods.

Our farm is located at the base of the Fergusson Valley, which is an up and coming wine and cheese region (check out the website: http://www.fergusonvalley.net.au/).

Winter is keeping us busy at the moment, with fruits and vegies growing fast (currently picking apples, pears, passionfruit, roquet, spinach, lettuce, kale and various herbs). Projects we are currently working on include creek line restoration, orchard improvements, veggie gardening, landscaping, fencing, composting, and building chicken forage areas. Where possible we are flexible and willing to accommodate the skills and interests of our Helpers as to tasks undertaken.

We currently have a helpx position for a couple or two friends travelling together. We are looking for help with tasks around the farm and in the home (including some cooking and cleaning). Must be happy to join in the fun, noise and general chaos that is part of being in a family with young children. We would also consider a single helper who is self motivated and able to work independently. (please note, we only have one room for helpers so friends travelling together must be okay to share a room).

We are a mixed diet household (one vegetarian, one non-vegetarian). We are able to cater for vegans or other diets by request.

We have both been long-term travellers and so enjoy sharing our life with other travellers. Our helpers are always welcomed as part of the family and are invited to join family activities and outings if they wish.

Hours negotiable depending on skill-set of Helpers, approximately 4-6 hours per day in exchange for full board and lodging. We are happy for Helpers to vary hours each day in order to have time off on other days.

We have also recently purchased a larger farm between Manjimup and Pemberton which is mainly forest with a pine plantation. There may be opportunities for helpx work on this farm as well. Please note, both farms are hobby farm, not businesses, and so we are not able to offer paid work or sign second year visas.

Note: we request that our helpers arrive over a weekend so that we all have plenty of time to get to know eachother and we can show you around. Minimum stay of one week, but two weeks or more is preferred.

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