All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1/5 acre
Persons: 1 or 2 (double bed)
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 57882
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Last Updated: April 2, 2018
**Looking for volunteers with BUILDING, CARPENTRY, PAINTING and WALLPAPERING experience but this isn't a strict requirement**
** Must be smoke and drug free. No pet allergies as we have a cat. No vegans please **
We, Anita (36) and Sue (67) are a dynamic mother/daughter team on a 1/5 acre property in Manukau City. We have a large organic vegetable and flower garden. The garden was featured in the April 2017 issue of the New Zealand Gardener Magazine, our country's leading gardening publication. A link to a full-text version of the article can be found here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/nz-gardener/90470219/food-forest-a-productive-vege-patch-fills-an-auckland-suburban-section
We are new to HelpX but have been hosting Wwoofers to help us around the home and garden since January 2017. I have set out the feedback we have received from wwoofers to date at the end of our profile. If you are also on Wwoof, please view our profile page to see our feedback. We like having foreigners stay with us as we enjoy the cultural exchange element. The learning process is reciprocal and during your time here, we hope to get to know you better and learn more about your home country.
Please do take the time to READ all the information in our profile carefully beforehand. If you wish to stay at Anita's Garden, it is helpful if you could please a) take the time to complete your profile so we can learn more about you and b) tell us a bit about yourself, your background, details of any previous HelpX and/or other experience and why you would like to stay with us. Personalised messages with details about yourself and the reasons why you have chosen to request a stay with us always impress a potential host more than a bulk, impersonal message! Good volunteers are ones who are positive, open-minded, hard-working and flexible.
Sue is a retired nurse (midwife and dialysis) and Anita is a corporate lawyer who was practised law with large commercial firms in Auckland, London and Paris. Recently, Anita has set up a business (search on Facebook for "Anita's Garden"), where she runs a boutique nursery from home selling seedling and plants. Anita is also going to host workshops in the future, so locals can learn the basics of gardening and how they can provide healthy food for their families, improve their health and reduce grocery bills.
We are both educated, well-travelled and have lived and worked in other countries. We are flexible and open-minded people. Anita can speak French fluently, having studied the language at school and university, and lived in France for four years.
We are very close to all amenities. We are a 15 minute walk from Manukau City mall and Manukau bus/train station. We are conveniently located a 15 minute drive from Auckland International/Domestic Airport.
We live in a 3 bedroom brick home. We have a lovely tortoiseshell cat called Ginger. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate volunteers with cat/animal allergies! As we live in the city, we are on town water supply and for electricity, we are connected to the national grid.
We can accommodate 1 or 2 volunteers (pairs or couples) but they must be happy staying together in the guest room, which has one large double bed. We are a SMOKE-FREE environment. Sorry, no smokers. We are also a drug-free environment. Volunteers receive lodging, free wifi (please be sensible with usage as we have only limited data) and 3 meals per day plus snacks and hot beverages.
We are both diabetic and follow a sugar-free, low carb, low fat diet. We eat red meat occasionally. We do not eat pork. We can accommodate vegetarians and may be able to cater for some food intolerances but not vegans please.
Volunteers must each help us for 5 hours per day, around the home and garden. Most of the work is carried out in the morning, prior to lunch. We ask for a MINIMUM stay of ONE WEEK but welcome extended stays depending on synergy with volunteers, their skill sets and the amount of work available around the home and garden.
We do not have any future bookings so our availability is clear
Lately we have been finding that volunteers booked to stay here through Wwoof have cancelled at very short notice purely because they decided to extend their holidays in NZ. This is unacceptable as it is contrary to Wwoof's cancellation policy. It puts us in a difficult position as we have blocked off those dates in our calendar, are counting on the assistance, and would have turned down offers from other travellers once the booking had been made. It can be very hard to find someone else at short notice, and even harder to find someone that is excellent. Once a reservation is made, we strive to honour that commitment (save in extenuating circumstances, such as hospitalisation, death in the family etc) and we hold volunteers through HelpX who are booked with us to the same standard.
SPECIAL SKILLS SOUGHT
We are urgently seeking someone with CARPENTRY and BUILDING skills, to help us with some outdoor projects (see below).
We are also seeking someone with experience in PAINTING (interior) and WALL PAPERING
TASKS - Interior/inside
-Painting - window sills, walls (must be capable of painting over anaglypta wallpaper)
-Cleaning and tidying cupboards
TASKS - Exterior/outside
-General garden maintenance (potting up and planting seedlings, weeding, liquid feeding etc).
-Building an arch or pergola (custom design) or erecting a kitset arch or pergola for a climbing rose
-Converting an old, unused spa pool into a greenhouse (must be capable of demolishing the spa pool and putting in a new roof, which is badly broken)
-Building stronger climbing frames for crops such as beans, peas, grape and passionfruit vines
-Building a cold frame box to raise seedlings in and protect them from frosts
FEEDBACK ON WWOOF
As noted above, we are new to HelpX but have been hosting wwoofers since January 2017 and have received the following feedback to date.
Anke and Ina (Germany) 9 September 2017 *****
"Lovely people with a wonderful garden"
We had a wonderful time with Anita and Sureya! They are lovely, kind and caring people with a beautiful garden where we had a lot of fun while working outside. After Anita explained us our tasks, we worked independently. Anita was busy with her new garden business, but always there for us. The meals were so delicious, we had very good conversations and our room was comfortable - we felt like a part of the family. Furthermore both helped us buying our camper van - thank you again :) We highly recommend this wwoofing place!
Clara and Christine (Germany) 14 June 2017 *****
"Interesting tasks, healthy food, amazing conversations and lots of knowledge"
We loved our time with Anita and Sue! The tasks varied so it didn't get boring, Anita made sure we knew what we had to do and didn't mind explaining something again when we had questions. We really appreciated that Anita was working with us, not all hosts do that. While we were in the garden, Sue cooked healthy meals that we really enjoyed. And thank you for the many interesting conversations we had. That's what wwoofing is supposed to be about. It was nice to learn about culture, education, politics etc in New Zealand and we liked telling you about Germany. You do work 5 hours (whatever the weather), so if you don't want to work too much or only in nice weather, this might not be for you. But we loved our stay and recommend this place, just know you'll work more than 2hs. Thanks again!
Maria (Bratislava, Slovakia) 31 May 2017 *****
Anita`s garden is beautiful. Very nice place to work. "
Anita was more in charge of the garden and Sue meanwhile prepared the most delicious meals using organic produce from the garden. You will probably eat a lot, healthy and so tasty. I am vegetarian and Sue always made amazing tasty meals and salads and they even looked beautiful! Work is not difficult, Anita usually discussed tasks before, explained and showed what to do and how. Sometimes we worked together on the same task, sometimes next to each other, but she always asked whether I felt OK doing the task. And you could see how sincerely grateful they both were for the help. Being around Sue and Anita felt very comfortable and peaceful. They treated me like a member of their family since the very first minute I entered their home. Many thanks and the best wishes
William (Colorado, USA) 26 April 2017 *****
Unfortunately, I was only able to spend a week with the Kundu's, but i couldn't have asked for a much better time while there. If you want a genuine WWOOF experience this is definitely a place to go. Very warm, friendly, and welcoming household. They take the time to get to know you and teach you while working in the garden. Exciting vision for the future. Plenty of great food and quality conversation. Thank you both for inviting me into your home and making me feel like family. All the best!
Abby (Ontario, Canada) 2 April 2017 *****
I had an amazing first WWOOFing experience at Anita and Sue's. I was there for 5 days and they were extremely hospitable. I came with a lactose intolerance and they both were very considerate to ensure I was happy & healthy during my stay! I have been backpacking in New Zealand for 2 months so I was very happy with Sue's amazing cooking and homemade meals! Thank you for our great chats around the dinner table and for making me feel like family in your home! I am going to miss your cat, Ginger! Anita made working in the garden exciting by giving us the 'fun jobs' :) I hope our paths meet again soon! Either again in New Zealand or if your travels take you to Canada. Xo
Paula (Germany) 30 March 2017 *****
I stayed a bit more than a week at Anitas and Sues which I enjoyed very much! Both of them are kind and open minded persons and I felt comfortable in their house directly from the beginning. Also they were caring and Sue prepared always delicious food. The work was interesting because Anita made it possible that I always had new tasks so that it never got boring. All in all I am extreme happy that I could meet you and I hope we can meet us again!
Rebecca and Alex (Boston, USA) 5th March 2017 *****
Anita and Sue are exactly what we would hope any wwoofing hosts would be. They're very kind, caring and considerate people and make an effort to make the experience as garden-based and educational as possible. The garden is ever-evolving as any good garden should be and we learned so much just in our short stay with them. They also went out of their way to make sure we were as comfortable as possible and that we felt welcome and even like family. They are lovely people and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there
Jenna and Anna (Minnesota, USA) 12th February 2017 *****
Wwoofing at Anita's garden was such a good experience. Anita and Sue were super kind and accommodating. The meals were fantastic, the best that we've had while wwoofing and very healthy. We truly felt at home here and it was fun to help out with the garden especially because Anita and Sue were so passionate about it. We had a really nice time! We will miss you guys!!
Mathieu and Yvana (France) 31st January 2017 *****
We stayed 5 days. Anita and her mother are very welcome and frendly. The job is not too hard but interesting. Anita explain well the tasks. She is passionate for the garden. We feel at home directly and they do anything for us to feel even better! Also her mother cook very well with the vegetables from garden. We've planned to come back. Thank you for all ;) yvana and Mathieu see you