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All Year: Most of the year
Area (ha): 11
Persons: 1-2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 79945
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: March 17, 2018

If you are happy to sleep in caravan or spare room in house and have own bathroom and share everything else we have a vacancy from Late April for a couple/family and would love some help with gardening, general farm maintenance, caring for animals and renovating our bungalow. We love anyone with DIY skills. Own transport is a bonus as we live out of town and are often away. We are just under an hour's drive from Melbourne or an easy train ride from Southern Cross station. If you want a break from Melbourne City then come and see us!
If you want to come and go from property you will need your own transport as I go into town in the morning and often don't return until the evening. But I can drop into town in morning and pick up in evening so you can go to Melbourne or ballarat during day
We live in a lovely 4 bedroom ranch style house built on 30 acres in the country away from town and can only see 1 neighbours rooftop from our house.
We are a friendly family of 4 with 2 young children, 3 cats, 2 dog and sheep and 5 horses/ponies, trying to create a small food producing farm that uses sustainable farming practices aimed at supplying the best quality food for our family and friends.
If you have experience you would be welcome to work horses/ponies either on ground or ridden work dependent on your experience level.
Help needed includes looking after gardens, laying down irrigation systems, weeding, general garden maintenance, maintenance of property as required etc, painting & cleaning house/housework as required.
I would like some help for 5 hours 4 days a week working outside and 2-3 hours every other day helping with animals and tidying house. The rest of the time is yours. You have 2 days off per week.
It is autumn time here and there will be projects to get involved with plenty of home cooked meals with our family.
Accommodation is for two in the spare room inside house or a campervan in the backyard, with wifi, dvd, comfortable bed. Meals are cooked by family and guests, we generally all eat together. We encourage helpxers to cook alot of meals (we love helpxers who can cook) If the weather is good we often have a BBQ. Mixed diet, vegetarians can be catered for.
Pick up and drop offs (bus/train/free time). On days off we can drive you into Ballan where you can spend some time exploring or catch the train into Ballarat or Melbourne. We are out of town so it is good to have your own car, this would be better for guests so that you can go on day trips or run around when we are not at home so you are not so isolated. Great walking tracks 15-20 minutes drive from our property. We have active children who play alot outside and board games with our guests.
Singles not recommended as you are at home on your own too much and can be lonely/isolating.

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