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Peacock Creek
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 17
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 36484
Region: New South Wales

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Last Updated: June 10, 2018

Winter is spectacular here, with a blazing log fire at night and sunny, warm days.

Come to our beautiful farm, and you will have an opportunity to regenerate the land and do your bit to mitigate climate change. You will be helping plant trees to regenerate the land and help our stunning wildlife. As well as caring for our lovely animals and planting out two brand new orchards and an olive grove and vineyard.

We have recently moved to a picturesque and very peaceful farm situated in the foothills of the Richmond Ranges on the edge of the National Park, which has some beautiful hikes and refreshing swimming holes. The local village (4kms from here) has a pub, a club, a few shops, a post office and a hospital. This is the real Australia, a small village 50 minutes from the nearest city.

Our farm is an ex dairy property and we are working hard to regenerate our soils and replant trees for shade, food, food trees for wildlife and to assist with carbon capture. We have nine dairy cows, one with a brand new calf, two meat steers, two pigs (with another pig in the freezer) ducks, guinea fowl and chickens, plus our three dogs to keep you company. We produce our own meat, milk, eggs and are about to start planting our vegetable area.

We now need hard-working, enthusiastic helpers to assist us to plant around 200 trees throughout the farm.

If you are keen to learn, contribute and share the excitment we feel about our beautiful countryside then please contact me for more details.

We were hosts at our previous property, in Queensland (see our reviews) so are experienced and friendly hosts. We are both good cooks and provide three good-quality meals a day. You are invited to eat with us and hopefully enjoy being a part of an Aussie family. Food is organic where possible and a mixed diet. We cook at least three vegetarian meals a week, usually three meat-based meals and love herbs and spices..

We work Monday to Friday and in summer months start early, at around 7am and finish at between 11 and 12ish, depending on what we have accomplished, with a break at around 9. Soon we move to winter time starting at about 7.30 - 8pm. On Tuesdays we often go to the organic markets in Lismore and, depending on how long you are staying, you may have the option to work extra hours on other days to so you can visit the markets with us

After work, and at weekends, your time is your own. You are free to explore this magical area with many walks direct from the farm, and really great swimming spots too.

We do ask that you help with shared chores (like keeping your room and shared areas tidy) and helping with meal preparation, if needed, and clearing away, but the rest of the time is yours to enjoy as you wish.

On the weekends we prefer that you take one day to explore independantly, to give us some free time. Other than that, you are free to stay here and have fun with the animals, or to visit other areas for the weekend if you prefer. And depending on farm pressures (since Graham and I work at least six days a week) we are happy to take you exploring, or invite you to come with us on our boat on the beautiful Clarence River.

Helpers must be responsible, non-smokers, no drugs, and no heavy drinking.

Please remember this is an exchange and we should all enjoy our time together. We provide comfortable accomodation and good, fresh and where possible, organic food and in return we ask for four to five hours of productive work each day (except weekends). If you are staying for two weeks we will happily feed and accomodate you over the middle weekend.

Since this is a working farm, we ask that, where possible, you arrive on Sunday afternoon, that you leave on the Friday afternoon to give us time to get things done. Unless you are staying on of course.

Because we are quite remote we do like to have you stay at least five consequtive working days. Longer stays may be possible if we are all having fun and getting plenty of trees planted :)

Come and join us for a happy, healthy, fun stay :)

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