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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 80
Persons: 1, 2 max
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 7583
Region: Tasmania

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Last Updated: January 3, 2018

I have a small farm in a beautiful valley in north west Tasmania, with a vibrant local community. The farm is a mix of bush and cleared areas, with beautiful forests of tall timber and rainforest.
At this stage I have a small flock of sheep and abundant local wildlife including wallabies, possums and many varieties of birds. I have a few bee hives which I work on regularly. I have a small vegetable garden (which is need of work!), numerous fruit trees and each year I grow a small crop of potatoes which are sold locally. Most of the work here involves building and maintaining fences, clearing weeds in paddocks, cutting, splitting and stacking firewood, gardening, working with fruit trees, building and caring for the animals.
I am currently building a new house using alternative construction techniques involving earthen walls and floors and a variety of locally sourced materials. The property will be of interest to anyone who values the principles of sustainable living. The farm is off the grid and is powered by a mix of renewable energies, solar and hydro power, generated on the farm. Alternative technologies and permaculture underpin my approach to running the property.
The cabin I live in at the moment is a very comfortable space made of earth and timber. Nearly all my cooking is done on a slow combustion wood stove and is entirely based on whole foods. Helpers and visitors usually sleep in a large tent nearby which gives them their own space. We usually share meals and there is a comfortable bathroom and plenty of hot water. There are lots of beautiful walks in the immediate area and good bush rides on horseback or mountain bike.
As Summer gets closer the priority tasks are weeding and planting in the veggie garden, fencing, care and maintenance of fruit trees and screening trees, preparing irrigation for this year's potato crop, and of course ongoing building on the house. We're putting the mud render on the internal walls in January and by February's end we'll be starting on the earthen floor.

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