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All Year: No
Area (ha): 8.9
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 60755
Region: Nelson

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Last Updated: September 16, 2018

We are looking for a couple to come and help us on the Vineyard at August 2018. You will have a semi self contained accommodation and be expected to work for 4 hours a day. The job will involve pruning and tying up grape vines. All training will be given. We need a couple who can work unsupervised some days and who have great attention to detail and take pride in their work. There will be about 2-3 weeks work available if you want it maybe more. Come and enjoy the Nelson region and learn some new skills.

This is a 21 acre farm property between Brightwater and Richmond bordering the Wairoa river. We have a small boutique vineyard which provides plenty of work opportunity throughout the year. We raise 30-40 bobby calves in Winter/Spring and also have 30 beehives which need work now and then. We have a range of maintenance jobs including continuing work on the Woofers accommodation. We also plant, weed and maintain native seedlings around the boundary of the property. The main job we have is to prune and tie down 3000 grape vines each May and June. We are a working family with two young boys who need a hand with farm projects from now and then.

We use manual vineyard practices. We mulch where possible and use this in the orchard. Sheep are used to leaf pluck the grapes. We use composting bins for garden waste. We have a large open worm farm. We feed our food scraps to chickens and ducks.

We eat mainly home killed meat from cattle, sheep, chickens and ducks from the farm. We have free-range eggs. We milk a house cow daily for 2 months of the year and eat honey from our own bee hive.

We can accommodate two people at a time in a sleep out beside the main house. The accommodation is a purpose built sleep out. The unit has a mezzanine floor with a large king sized bed. All linen will be provided. There is a large screen TV, kitchen, dining table and lounge suite. It has great views of the vineyard and Mount Arthur.

We will stock the fridge and cupboards in the accommodation with food, meat, fruit and vegetables etc so you can cater for your own meals. Once or twice a week we can have dinner together. This way you have your own independence and space.

We need 4 hours help a day. Depending on the time of year the type of tasks may vary. We can discuss and arrange hours with your stay in the region.

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