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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 39Ha
Persons: six or more
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 42196
Region: Tasmania

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Last Updated: December 10, 2017

I live in a beautiful isolated Tasmanian mountain valley surrounded by world heritage rain forest and some VERY TALL Trees!(but not as big as the Hinoki trees at ALiShan in Taiwan!!!)
Most of my property is a nature reserve, but I have a 2 Hectare orchard, berry garden and vegetable garden. The possums, wallabies and birds eat most of these (trees included!) so we live on ice cream and chocolate biscuits instead! Please come and help us eat the biscuits so I don't get too fat!
I have been a host with WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) for 12 years and I have had more than 700 fabulous, lovely, wonderful woofer volunteers stay with me. Many of them have come back for second, third…or even 10th visits!!!!!
Work involves gardening, fruit picking, pruning, tree planting,reading Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE to the chickens, weeding the nature reserves, firewood collecting wood splitting and some construction eg Bridge!!. I show everyone how to use an axe properly and my champion wood splitters are all girls!
These same girls (mainly from Japan, Germany, Taiwan and China) also built a 20 metre bridge over a river....which we just rebuilt after a HUGE flood last year!!!(see photos)
Don't worry if your English isn't so good, I will speak slowly and plainly for you. I am very patient with people and I can show you many work skills. I love my volunteers…I don't expect miracles…but they often give them to me.
I have a piano and you are free to play it
There is internet near my house which you can use.
If you love cooking you are welcome to cook!
I also take my volunteers to climb mountains, see waterfalls, beautiful caves, a wildlife park to see Tasmanian Devils and to beautiful beaches ,even to a free chocolate tasting factory !
I do ask that my volunteers come with travel insurance that will cover their activities on my property.
I prefer if you can stay for two weeks.
I can speak a little Nihongo, Korean, German, French, and Mandarin! But there are usually volunteers with me who can help!

Mandarin!! Helpx's stupid computer won't type Mandarin! But where there is a will, here is the way!

Huan ying lai dao John de jia, zhe li zuo luo yu bei ta bei yi qun shang huan rao, ji hu ren he shi ke dou ke yi kan dao yuan sheng xiao dong wu, huan jing fei chang you mei he qing xin. John shi yi wei fei chang he ai you ke ai tao qi he hen you nai xin de lao xian sheng, hai you bu xu yao dan xin ni de yin wen bu hao huo zhe bu hui gong zuo, John hui xi xin jiao dao bu yan qi fan, ren mei yi wei lai fang de peng you dou you hui jia de gan jue. Xi wang zhi shao ke yi dai liang zhou yi shang.

Français :
Je vis au milieu des forêts et montagnes de Tasmanie, entouré par des « World Heritage Forests », et la plupart des forêts de ma propriété sont des réserves naturelles.
J’ai un petit verger d’arbres fruitiers ainsi qu’un jardin potager.
J’adore avoir des helpers restant quelque temps chez moi. J’aime avoir 4 à 6 personnes… plus de fous on est, plus on rit !
Le travail ici est assez tranquille. J’essaie de faire en sorte qu’il y ait de fréquentes pauses cafés, et que le travail se déroule dans la bonne humeur. Je suis très patient avec les gens et je vous apprendrai à faire des tas des choses come couper du bois ou encore utiliser des outils pour la construction.
J’ai été un hôte “Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF)” durant 12 ans, et eu plus de 600 volontaires restant chez moi. Grâce à cela, je me suis fait de nombreux amis.
J’amène mes helpers en voiture découvrir des parcs d’animaux sauvages, des montagnes, des cascades d’eau, des plages, des usines à chocolat, ou encore des fermes de miel.
C’est pour moi un honneur de recevoir des volontaires. Ici, vous serez traités avec considération.

Cheers, John

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