All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 34
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 45580
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Last Updated: June 19, 2018
** The big wet has cleared off and we are ready to get back into the garden!! **
Situated in tropical North Queensland, Ross and Locke sits on the picturesque sandy Mulgrave River, 31km south south-west of Cairns. We are building a 34 hectare regenerative, organic permaculture development working to produce a wide variety of heirloom fruit and vegetables, spices and herbs, in a food forest setting. Future projects will also include bee keeping, egg production, boutique sugar production and many more activities.
We are looking for helpers to undertake a variety of tasks on the farm, in exchange for accommodation and meals.
Helpers are asked to assist for 4-6 hours a day with plenty of flexibility; morning is more suited to work in the tropical environment. Weekends are yours to relax and explore! 2 weeks is recommended to get into the swing of the farm and enjoy the area; longer stays are welcome by mutual agreement. Small groups and couples as well as individual helpers are all welcome.
Pickup/Drop off from Cairns and Gordonvale available by prior arrangement
Tasks can include:
* planting and tending a kitchen garden which provides food for farm workers and visitors
* assisting with earthworks ; building dams, swales, construction pads, shade tents etc
* hand slashing, cutting and mowing weeds and grass
*planting and transplanting potted flora
* tending seedlings and nursery plants
* building fences
* planting high intensity tropical vegetable gardens, propagating tropical palms / plants / fruit trees.
* Shade/Green house work.
* Garden cleaning / weeding and watering.
*Seasonal vegetable harvesting.
* Tropical Garden building around property.
*Construction of fences, water features and other farm infrastructure
Facilities for helpers:
* accommodation now available in completed homestead including bathroom and kitchen facilities. Depending on number of people staying beds may be a private bedroom in the house, a shared bedroom, or comfortable camp beds on the large, covered verandas over looking the forest canopy. Lots of lovely shady spaces for tents, campers/vans and swags as well.
*Rainwater, full off grid power Solar power
*Open-air, privacy screened nature showers (valley view & secluded rainforest). Indoor bathrooms available as well.
*A wide variety of fresh local produce, bakery and international foods provided for shared cooking
*Landline Phone and broadband internet (no mobile reception on the property but Skype/WhatsApp etc can be used.
* Beautiful Tropical Rainforest setting with direct access to sandy beaches on the Mulgrave river / Ross&Locke Picnic area, cool shaded rapids for cooling down/bathing/tyre tubing. Kayaks for exploring river reaches and fishing/relaxing.
*Cairns and Great Barrier Reef a half hour drive, also accessible by bus
*Very close to historic Mountain View Pub at Little Mulgrave
*Close to Nature trails and national park at Goldsborough.
*Climb the “Pyramid”