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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 17 hectares
Persons: 2+
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 26692
Region: Tasmania

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Last Updated: July 8, 2018

NO HELPERS NEEDED UNTIL AUGUST. : Its winter now, time for a rest and a quiet time in front of the fire. We will have a break for a few weeks.

Here Now: Stewart and Barbara

TODAY:3 July 2018 Ellen and Lars have been helping with the garlic planting and we finished by the 10 of June. WOW!!! What a great job they did. Hauling seaweed off the beach and cracking bulbs for seed and planting planting planting! Reckon we got approximately 30,000 in the ground. Our two lovely Helpers hit the trail and are now travelling in Central Oz and hanging in Melbourne. Cabe and Kerry came back from a Trip to Turkey and have been planting strawberry plants in the market garden. Great to see them.

17 May 2018 Cabe has gotten away to join up with Kerry in Turkey. He will be away till mid June. We have Lars staying along with Ellen and they make a great team. We have finished the new garlic patch, all planted and mulched with seaweed. We only have the main patch to do which should take a couple of weeks.

9 May Ellen arrives today and Cabe will be away till Monday when he will be back with the plastic to cover the greenhouse he has been building out the back paddock. Stewart got the new garlic patch cultivated and bedded, ready for planting and also sowed and rolled a new section of paddock with grass seed.

6 May. All good now that we have had a bit of much needed rain. Ellen from Germany might be coming and there is still room for more!

3 May 2018 Just finished the planting of the early garlic variety and sowed down some pasture seed just before the rain. Kerry has headed back to Turkey for 6 weeks and Cabe follows in two weeks as he is working to finish the plastic greenhouse in the back paddock.

23 April. Cabe has been helping Stewart splitting and cutting and stacking the firewood for the coming winter. Kerry has been helping with Granddaughter Emily who is staying for a couple of weeks. Hope to get back to planting garlic in the next day or two.

12 April. Some nice rains just finishing and soils and rows ready for the good weather coming. Apples are finishing and the veggie garden is still pumping!

12 February. A little rain recently refreshed everything and everyone. Tammy and Cody have been busy weeding in the gardens, cleaning garlic and getting lots of sleep after three hard months picking. Sent Cabe and Kerry off to their first farmers market experience in Smithton. They have a market garden here on our property.

4 February harvested peas and beans and shallots today. Got some weeding done before it got too hot. Finished at lunch and the beach was looking as a good option. Boat Harbour is only 20 minutes away. Cool!

2 February Wow how time flies. Barbara and I have just got back from the Tasman Peninsular after a week with the family in the bush and beach at Fortasque Bay. No reception. Apologies to those who contacted us and got no reply.

8th October Wedding guests and family have begun to arrive here in Lapoinya so we wont be able to take Helpers till after the first of November. Thanks.

24 September Spring is truly here. The daffodils are in full flower, the fruit trees are budding and there are a few flowers on the peach and nectarine trees. The 33 tonne excavator has arrived and is clearing stumps and brush up from the house and landscaping in front of the big shed.

8 September. Spring showers and lot of daffodil flowers. Leroy (Nephew) is helping Stewart build a new deck in front of the Veranda. Barbara has just got over the flu after 6 weeks!

20 June. Phew...the garlic is all planted thanks to the wonderful help of Daisy and Noi two wonderful girls from Japan. Early this month three friends came to help put the main crop in and we just finished last Thursday. So the emphasis in on building as we rip out the windows on the second storey North side and replace with new, then re-roof the veranda and close it it.

May 7th 2017 Flying back to Tassie today and be home Sunday. Great time in our Nations Capitol.

26 April. Had a great Easter break on King Island with the grand kids. Went fishing on a commercial Crayfish boat with a couple of sons in law. Big sea and big chuck! The crayfish were nice that night! The green manure crop here in Lapoinya is finally getting away and will be ready to dig in when I get back from Canberra (got some politic ing to do) so begins the new garlic planting season. Have got two new varieties to plant. Should be interesting.

2 April. Armoury and Devine have been a great help in planting the last of the daffodil bulbs and sowing down the green manure crops. They leave today for their round Australia road trip. Wow.

30th March Been raining the last few days but this morning is cool and after a couple of showers has cleared and the sun is warming. We had a good break in Brisbane and got out with just hours to spare before Hurricane Debbie bore in. The big go at the moment is harvesting and processing late summer crops like beans and corn and sowing down green manure crops and paddock grasses.

23 March. We are in Brisbane at the moment and when we get back we will be getting a visit from Armoury and Devine. Going out for a birthday meal with daughter Elly tonight. Big party tomorrow night then up to the Gold Coast for the weekend to see more Family.

16 March. Alexandre and Ryan never showed up so it has been quiet here. Preparing new ground for planting and enjoying a beautiful Autumn. Barbara and Stewart head out on Tuesday for seven days in Brisbane for daughter Elly`s 30th birthday. Today was the Wynyard Show. Good fun!

2 March 2017 Qin has left to hitchhike from Burnie to Launceston and got a ride straight to the Launceston Airport after only 5 minutes!Wow! Alexandre might be coming soon to help with renovations.

27 February 2017 We just returned from Hobart from a meeting and to attend the Garlic Festival on the Tasman Peninsular near Port Arthur. Qin went to MONA and climbed Mt Wellington on Saturday an d we h ad a long lazy trip back on Sunday stoppikng at Ross to check out the Bakery, Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and Anvers chocolate factory. Doggie was very glad to see us back and celebrated our return by getting us up at 2:30 AM to chase a possum out of the tree!

22 February . We have been planting dafodil bulbs and collecting and hauling seaweed off the beach to mulch the new beds. Qin has been helping Stewart prepping and painting the verandah as well as everything else.

19 February . Akane and Mokoto are leaving tomorrow for a lovely tourist trip around Tassie. Wonderfull to have had them. Davrine and Armaury and Jasmine got away OK last week. We have been painting, cleaning garlic renovating gardens and digging daffodil bulbs. Corn has just come in and the first flow of honey from the hive...jum!!!!

10 February . Qin is arriving today by bus to Wynyard. She will have missed Armaury and Davrine who are leaving for a pruning job this morning. Jasmine has had her week and is leaving tomorrow and Mokoto arrived to surprise his girlfriend Akane on her birthday just two days ago. We have all had a couple of days off and have been resting up as the weather has been rainy. We hope to get stuck back into it today, putting bark on the bulb gardens, slashing paddocks, sanding and prep for painting etc. We had a very popular apple pie barbara made from early fallen apples last night. Yum.

2nd February 2017. Cleaning garlic, digging potatoes and pulling the last of the garlic along with some pretty big weeds, Akane and Juan have been a big help. Today if the showers stop for a while we will go to a neighbours to pick blueberries for the freezer. Barbara hopes to get about 15 kilos this trip. Stewart has been slashing weeds and tall grass on the tractor. Barbara has been processing beans and planting seed and plants. Juan leaves on Friday and Akanes boyfriend from Brisbane is coming. He misses her. Ahhhhh!

30th January. Wow what a very fast week. Just said goodbye to Volker and family. Was a wonderful week full of building, gardening and joy. The kids were terrific and got to see Devils, Possums and Wallabies locally and a Wombat at Cradle Moutain. New helpers arriving today. Akane on the bus and Juan driving in.

19 January 2017 Lots of gardening happening, mostly weeding, so the food is now coming on, spinach, carrots, salads, onions, shallots, strawberries, raspberries, silverbeet, peas, broadbeans, potatoes,zuchinis,herbs and more. Looking forward to Volker and his family arriving soon.

Jan 14th Well everyone has left today. Robert back home, Elly David, Rachel, Jessica and Emily out the door by 11 AM. This place is really quiet. Thomas has messaged he is not coming. Ahhhhh.

Jan. 13th. Robert and Stewart finished the rose garden with weed mat and bark mulch, a two day marathon. Dug some last minute garlic yesterday. Raining today so will build some shelves and organize tools, clean and deliver Garlic and deliver to Burnie. Daugheters Jessica and Rachel have been staying to see son David who arrived yesterday. Glenda and her granddaughter have been visiting and will leave today. Pretty busy household.

January 8 Still pulling out some good garlic as the weather has stayed warm and dry. Volker and his family are coming around the 21st. Son David is arriving the 11th along with sister Jessica for 3 days to celebrate a cousins 30th birtday. Busy busy. All good.

4 January 2017. New year and much to do. Bec and Adam and Stewart got stuck into the mowing and trimming after Darcy left us with a much expanded lawn area after slashing back the bush on the edges of the forest. Good to get cleaned up after some very good rainfalls. Everything is green and growing like mad. Most of the Family has headed back to their homes. Today is a bit wet after a rainy night. Looks like garlic prep for delivery on Friday is the go today.

31 December 2016
Last day for this year. Looking forward to a new year and new adventures. Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year celebaration.

8 December. The new sliding door is just about to go in the East wall. Willy has done most of the work. Tomorrow Jeffrey and Willy are heading to the East Coast for a well deserved break. Ben and Annelle and Val will stay till the 14th and travel South for interviews and applications for Cherry Picking. Barbara arrives home on the 11th with three of our grandsons to stay for the Christmans Holidays. Their parents arrive a week later. Busy busy busy this holiday season. Dropped off the first two boxes of fresh garlic to the Veggie Market. The garlic season has begun!

19 November Willy and Jeffrey arrived from the boat tonight. Keen fishermen and lovers of fressh caught or picked food. Anelle and Val and Ben went to the Dip Falls today and alos dropped in on Stanley and visited the "Big Tree". Tomorrow they will wander about playing tourist.

14 November
Had our first working day and the sun shine was so welcome. Anaelle potted plants and the boys renovated a small garden in preparation for tractor work in between sessions in the garlic patch hoeing and weeding. So many eggs from the chooks we decided to cook two huge omlets for lunch. Valentin showed off his cooking skills by making pizzas for dinner, yum! Ben was so tired he decided to go for a 10 Km run in the bush LOL.

13 November
Ben arrived on the boat at the same time as Valentin and Anaelle. Luck for him they have a car! They arrived late due late off loading, first on to boat is last off! We go into Burnie today to a rural small farm exposition as it is raining all day today.

10 November
Getting excited as two new Helpers, Valentin and Anaelle arrive on the 12th. The weather has been perfect these last two days and the vegetable gardens are looking good. Lots of things to plant still (I will put in more potatoes today as well as corn and pumpkin plants we have grown in pots). Will do a big mow of the grass today and then pick up 2 year old grandson Angus tomorrow for the day.

5 November 2016
Just had a visit from Todd W who is the Freshwater Lobster Guru (endangered species) to do a water sample in the local creek. Happened upon a 2.3Kg specimen and wow was it a beauty. Glad to know there are survivors from our once in a huyndred years flood last May. Looking forward to some helpx soon. Next scheduled arrivals are on the 12th. Still plenty of room and work for anyone else who wants to come along.

29 October
Had a visit by Jenny and Niklas. They are enjoying their stay with Lisa, chasing ducks and digging garden beds. Today we started filming in the wild for a video background to a song and will finish it tomorrow. When it is done and online we will let you know.

22 October
No one helping at the moment. Awaiting arrival of a French Couple approx. Nov. 12. Still plenty of room if somebody wants to come earlier.

18 October
Niklas is awaiting Jenny and they are planning a move into a caravan at a neighbouring farm while they volunteer to do Permaculture work. So we will miss them. Today is the last day of rain for a while so its full steam ahead to get the house vegetable gardens planted. We have five days of good weather forcast. WooWOO!

15 October 2016
Wow such a long time since our last update. Barbara and I have had almost three weeks in Bali and Victoria while Jenny and Niklas housesat. The grass is high, the gardens are crying out for attention and its time to pland main crops of peas and potatoes. There is also and new sliding door to be installed and planting, weeding and garden garden garden.

8 September 2016
The daffodils are in full bloom everywhere on the property and things are warming up.. and so are the weeds!!! Really need some help with hoeing and getting the weeds under controll in the rows. We were unable to mulch the garlic this year due to a major machinery breakdown so its hands on!

1 September
Hooray it is Spring!! Good day today. sunshine and warmth enough to let the fire you our . Time to clean out the ashes in any case. Barbara is on King Island now and started work relief nursing. gearbox in the Truck is a problem at the moment so resorting to cultivating and weeding lby hand instead of mulching.

23 August 2016
Second day of sunny skies, so glad to have the warmth on your skin. Young Angus 22 mmonths is with us for a few days while muma dn dad are away. Barbara is busy making chicken soup and Stewart has been cleaning the last of the garlic for sale and working to finish off the renovations to the ute.

19 August Time for topdressing the garlic paddock and gathering and transporting seaweed from the beach for mulch. We have finished the pruning and as we move into Spring. The Daffodils are just startng strongly and as the days get longer the hens have started laying again. Come on Spring!

20 July 2016. Pruning season is upon us. A bit of heavy work. Anyone with those skills or willing to learn please make contact

4 July 2016. Barbara arrived home last Thursday and just missed Beck Benny and Stan on their way to Hobart to house sit for two weeks. Was great to have them.

Took two weeks, but the back garlic patch was finished yesterday. Yah! Bits and pieces still left to do plus winter Reno of the vegie gardens and a bit more firewood to split and stack. Had our first frost of the season this AM. Chooks complaining as the water has frozen over. Should be a bright sunny day.

7 June
Bek and Ben are right into it. We started the wood splitter this AM and got through a heap. Hopefully the ground has drained enough to plant.. We will find out this afternoon. The big gig was awesome with musicians from Grafton, Melbourne Brisbane and local all singing and playing their hearts out in celebration of Adams 30th birthday. Storms raged. The bridge washed out, the lights went out for 2 hours and everyone partied on till dawn. Way to go!

2 June
Rebekah, Ben and Co are coming Saturday. Yeah ! We also had Bek and Mitch arrived today for the big gig this weekend. Soooo good the music. Weather is so clear and sunny but cool.

31 May
Had some help from Cabe from the Rainbow Family for a couiple of days and we got most of the early variety garlic planted. Ground is working up well after the rain and the green manure crop is digging in well.

24 May. Hooray we are back. Had a great trip to The mainland and spent some time in Warrnambool, Halls Gap and Melbourne Victoria. Saw the family and friends and ate really well! Not sure what happened to our HelpX page as Our subscription expired and may have dropped our page. Not to worry, all good and open for business. Barbara has headed over to King Island for a work contract of approx. 5 weeks leaving Stewart holding the fort. It is garlinc planting season NOW so everyone welcome. Plenty to do.

6 May
Barbara and Stewart are on holiday in Melbourne. Will be back by 15th May. Anyone wanting a stay from then on please make contact. Cheers Stewart and Barbara

1st May
Went out last night with everyone to a local venue to listen to Barbara and Stewart`s niece who is on tour with her latest album. Great night. Night was warm for tassie...16 degrees wow! Today every one up and away to town to the market and some touring and a sight seeing.

27 April
Stewart and Gonzalo have been busy stripping the rust and paint on the tray of the Mitsi Ute. Lawn mowing has taken some time today as we are hoping for rain tonight/tomorrow. Garlic sales are accelerating for people who want to plant so cleaned another 6kg today. will do 12kg in the morning and mail.

24 April 2016
Gonzalo and two friends dropped by last Thursday for lunch and a chat. He finishes up touring and I will pick him up in Burnie today at 4PM. Jarred has written and says he is arriving on the boat with his dog on Wednesday so we should have a good crew! Weather is bright,cool nights, little rain. Glorious Autumn!

15 April
All pretty quiet here. Tyler has had great weather on his hitchhiking trip to Cradle Mt and the West Coast. Leaves on the trees are starting to colour up and fall. Nights are cooler, but days sparkling and warm. Autumn is beautiful here.

11 April
Farewelled Tyler after a great week catching up on firewood, garlic plrocessing, plastering and painting, apple picking and weeding. Great helper and a great guy. We all took the day off yesterday to travel the Tarkine Drive to view the fire damage which was devestating to see. Some wonderful escapes in some iconic areas was a great relief to see.

5 April
Tyler and Stewart have been busy plastering and painting in the Annex to the big shed. Shifted the Garlic in for storage and dug potatoes as well as fencing for the cow for more feed. Weather great, Autumn cool nights and sunny mild days. Corn is finishing so harvesting for the freezer. Apples still on the go and always, cleaning more garlic for sale.

25 March
Sadly said goodbye to a coup,e of great guys who arrived with their car a week ago and were able to sell it in 48 hours so had to move on in their travels. David and Laurent were terrific helpers for a week and we finished planting the green manure, cleaned more garlic and started plasterwork in the new shed annex. Wish them all the best.

16 March
Apples are beaut and ready. Couple of boxes picked and ready for market. Shallots and garlic very popular with the bottling crowd as everyone is madly processing tomatoes and zuchini for pickles and relish and sauce. Main crop of sweet corn is coming in strongly as the early variety has just finished. Autumn is truely here with warm sunny days and cool nights. Bees and birds are madly pecking at the grapes on the veranda. Harvest abundance has arrived with turning of the seasons.

8 March
Bit of a misty day today. Not much rain in sight. Corn is maturing and the tomatoes and Zuchini are abundant. Time to plant out for the winter garden.

3 March
Just delivered two boxes of apples into town. Cleaned up the little shed and shifted the dry garlic to the big shed. Clearing weed rubbish from the bottom garlic paddock. Getting ready to plant green manure crop.

24 February
Ren and Chen have arrived and are helping wityh the garlic cleaning and fruit picking. They picked 3 Kg of wild blackberries yesterday and we made some awesome jam.

Today Elise Arrived with a flat tyre so we picked her up. Celebrating today the official end to the garlic harvest WO WO !!! Everyone went to the beach at Stanley for the afternoon. Barb and Stewart kicking back having a quiet one for a bit.

9th January
Addo dug up the backyard today looking for a blockage in the drainage for the shower. 4 hours later a half metre long grease plug was extracted and two holes and a 200mm section of pipe replaced. Yum! Torben and Montang cleared the weed rubbish from the old garlic patch and Stewart slashed with the tractor all of the grass lanes between rows. Warm today!

7 January
Our Rainbow Family have moved on to the Gathering. Was great to have them, they were so cheerful, positive funny and skilled at fitting in and helping. Got all the saleable garlic in with everyone`s help. We celebrated by going to a nephews birthday party till the wee hours. Ugh, next day we had to prepare for an open day mowing and whip sniping. As well we drove the Family to their Festival. Today we had neighbours and friends drop by to talk with pollies about saving our forest from logging. Addo had a day off and Torben dug out all the old garlic down below. Man Ting helped with the luncheon. Big day.

4 jan. 16
OMG picked up Addo at the ferry and ended up with three Rainbow Family in the car who were happy to help with the harvest.
Torban just arrived and we are powering through the harvest and processing. Tomorrow is our last day for the main crop with only dribs and drabs left to sort out. We will drop the Fam to the festival in Wilmot on Wednesday. What a great feeling to get it all in before it rains again.


Greetings from the foothills of the Tarkine Wilderness in the great North West of Tasmania. Lapoinya is only 20 minutes from Wynyard.

We are couple of empty nesters who love having people around to share our active rural lifestyle and to cook for. We cater for vegan and wheat or gluten free volunteer helpers and are rainbow friendly. We have been on our bush block for over 30 years and have orchards, vegetable gardens and a thriving organically grown garlic business and in the middle of all this we are renovating! Our temperate rainforest locale is a breeding ground for the Tasmanian freshwater lobster and we are surrounded on three sides with Forest Reserves.

With all that...we need your help!!!

Lots of varied things to do work wise in a pristine Blackwood and Manfern forest. We are happy to have your help for a minimum of five hours a day or more if you are having fun! We love travelling and travellers and enjoy meeting people from all walks and stages of life and can help you with English language learning if need be.

There are plenty of like minded people in our area who are into sustainable lifestyles and fun to be around.

Helpers without transport can contact us and we can come get you in nearby Wynyard or Burnie and if coming by boat and staying for a week or more we will pick you up at the dock in Devonport.

Accomodation is in separate bedrooms upstairs or one downstairs in the house and can cater for couples and/or singles. There is free Wi-Fi and a landline. Helper/s with children are most welcome. Laundry, lounge and kitchen are at your disposal.

Looking forward to hosting you as does the dog, the chooks and the cow. Barbara and I had a wonderful time WWOOFing in Vermont USA not long ago so we have a pretty good idea of what its like.

Stewart and Barbara

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