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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.8
Persons: 1-5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 23288
Region: Queensland

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Last Updated: August 28, 2016

Wah Day Farm

36 km from central Cairns towards the Yarrabah Peninsula, our 2 acre farm belongs to a market gardening area of mainly Muong people (from northern Thailand) who grow rice, green (asian) vegetables, corn, kang kong, taro and herbs like mint and vietnamese mint.

I started a project here with the local bhutanese community to help them find land to farm in our local area. This project “failed” in that it is non-continuous and was dependent on receiving further training resources and funding in order to grow legs. However, I did not have the time to apply for grants and do the necessary work on my own. Now I'd just like to see the place looked after and become profitable. If you've seen any of Living Web farms' videos on youtube (the market gardener – French/Canadian guy – you'll know what I mean).

I am now living in Philippines with my daughter as also caring for her alone got too much for me in Australia. I am looking for some motivated people to look after or take over this farming project.
Things are very overgrown at the moment after the extended rainy season and with me being away – but I'd really like to find some managers who are into tropical organic market gardening.

On site is a 4-6 bay shed with gravity water (needs to be filtered for drinking), no electricity (but I have 2 solar panels) a kitchen area with gas cooktop, lockable shed, dining and sleeping areas.

So I'm open to having some managers/caretakers and other travellers come and help who are motivated to create a livelihood from growing and selling produce and helping organise programs for people with disabilities to join the farm (which has community-garden status) for weekend activities.

I'm open for suggestions on partnership or co-operative arrangements/agreements and would like to see this become a community farm again. I believe in paying things forward, so would really like to open this opportunity and offer others what I always wanted to have available to me, And what I find is available in certain places -

There is a one-time registration fee of $20 and then you may also have your own farming plot area. Then pay $20/month after that. You need to provide your food and other resources and I ask that 10% of sales from your production go back to the NFP Cairns Community Agriculture Inc to sustain the lease on the farm and repay the existing infrastructure loan.

I would like to be able to involve people with disabilities – and was taking things more in this direction before I left and do envisage one day having an inclusive farming project that my daughter can be involved in … but for now I'm just trying to outline and get some support for this idea so I can make it more real one day. I'm working on a website at the moment to make it a more complete picture.

My inspirations are Joel Selatin (stacking fiefdoms), these new guys I just found out about – Jean-Martin Fortier – Living Web Farms (“The Market Gardener”), Willie Smits – Kalimantan - Borneo

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