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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4 Hectares
Persons: 1-2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 41284
Region: Northland

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Last Updated: October 25, 2017

We are a couple with a young baby living by the Kaipara harbour, approx 2 hours north of Auckland. We have 10 acres and practice PERMACULTURE. We're continually expanding our veggie gardens and developing fruit orchard area. We live amongst beautiful native bush and there is almost always a project involving natural building techniques.
Michael is a baker of fine french pastries and artisan sourdough breads. We have a weekend cafe in our local village.
Right now on the land we're building a cob cottage, and so we are especially interested in helpers who have specific building or practical skills, but most of all in people who are interested in learning earth building, and enjoy physical work. This is a unique learning opportunity. Current jobs also involve helping get the summer gardens ready/weeding etc. We keep chickens, a house cow, and some pigs. We welcome those with a sense of humour, a passion for sustainability and conscious/responsible living. We enjoy a vegetarian (not vegan) diet. We provide 3 meals per day on working days (luxury foods/drinks/snacks are up to you). At the moment our guest accommodation is under construction (the cob cottage), so helpers wishing to stay with us must bring a tent for the next couple of months. We enjoy SIMPLE living! All systems are organic. If you stay with us, Gumboots are a great idea, a torch is essential, all toothpaste/soap etc must be chemical free. Everyone is expected to contribute to daily domestic duties, and we appreciate when people don't need prompting with these things! Come join the revolution! Helpers must expect to work independently some of the time. If you wish to stay with us please send us an email through this site, so we can check out your profile. We have a very high number of applicants, so please send us details about yourself, your skills, and why you wish to work with us. Thanks for checking us out!

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