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Lorinna, Australia
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 20 ha
Persons: various
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 8061
Region: Tasmania

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Last Updated: March 13, 2018

Hi we are Wouter and Elyse,

Wouter is a CSA organic vegetable farmer coming from Belgium and Elyse is vet from Tasmania
We have two young children (almost 3 and 1 and half). We are looking for some help around the place and obviously
we like good company

We have a block of land on which we have started an organic certified market farm, with the focus on vegetables, we're in our second season of selling vegetables at a farmers' market.

Currently we have in production:

1ha (2.5 acres) of mixed veg market garden
2ha (5 acres) of more veg (about 10 veg types)
150m nursery greenhouse starting up a new venture of summer of microgreens in the nursery house.
0.3 ha(a bit less then 1 acre) of high tunnels (greenhouses)

As we have moved in this place not so long ago, there is still a fair bit of work in setting up.

Elyse grew up around this place and has together with her parents a small herd of milking goats for home dairy use and blackberry control. Living self sustainable has always been a major part of daily life.

Wouter had a succesfull CSA vegetable farm in Belgium (for which this HelpX page was used first) feeding more then 600 people for 10 months a year and had quite a few woofers usually.
We decided to live here in Tasmania and build up a new farm.

Lorinna is a pretty amazing part of Tasmamia, it lies at the very top of the Forth river, just out the Lake St Clair- Cradle Mountain National Park at Lake Cethana,
We have a lot of wildlife, beautifull forests, a beautifull lake for swimming and looking at, nice views over the mountains and Cradle Mountain.
We live at about little less then an hours drive from Sheffield.
Picking up can obviously be arranged.

We live off grid, using solar panels for electricity and hot water
firewood from our block for cooking, heating and hot water.
delicious water from a creek.
composting toilet.
We have an established orchard, a vegetable garden(field) and we grow some mushrooms.
we sometimes make a bit of cheese from the goat milk and do a few different ferments ( like saurkraut, beer, wine,..) preserve our food in all sorts of ways, ...

This summer we're doing some renovations on the house, building a cob pizza oven, installing our hydro wheel for electricity and working on the market garden;

Also other bits and pieces get started on the farm;
setting up compost piles
taking some trees down for clearing some fence lines, using those trees for milling into building timber, mushroom production, firewood and maybe even some biochar.

building some rock walls
There's a wide range of jobs that need to be done, we're very happy to suit jobs to your liking where possible, we really like having a good atmosphere where everybody is pleased about all conditions.
A few sugestions:

Our place could really do with some mural paintings to chear some walls up, or some sculptures allong the driveway to create a more funky place to be.

We use a fair amount of machinery in the farming, mechanically minded people keen on machines, cars, welding and so forth are also very welcome.

We have a few renovation jobs we would like to get started on using natural building materials for e.g.
our toilet walls and our deck walls needs rendering with cob (clay-sand- straw mixture)
Over summer we would like to build a cob pizza oven.

We have quite a few shelves that need building, ... We've got timber ready to go, a lot of it from local milling, we've got the power tools needed for the jobs,... just a passionate and keen person needed.

And of course there are lots of random jobs around the place, plenty of things to keep you more then busy.

To make things work for us we ask for 30 hours/ week

over summer we offer a nice tent with bedding.

Basic house work jobs like cooking and doing the dishes or lighting the kitchen fire and sweeping the floor are part of the daily tasks that get shared amongst the hosts and guests, on top of the daily work.

we are vegetarian
Nearly 100% of the food we eat is from certified organic source, we highly value good quality of food.

There is an internet connection or wifi which can be used in the house( a bit slow though)

We have one very kind dog who lives outside and one kitten who lives in and outside

We live remotely meaning, going to town is a full day affair and is mostly quite busy. We can pick you up from town on Tuesdays or Saturdays mostly.

Living off grid also requires some different attitudes towards, electricity use, hot water use, toilet use (emptying a toilet bucket or weeing under a tree for both sexes for e.g.) heating (lighting a fire, carrying wood in for e.g.)
These differences may be found challenging for certain people.

What else ...

As Lorinna is a place of great natural beauty, the place is great for doing short self guided walks. We have some bicycles you can use to go explore a bit further, the place is fairly hilly though.
We like to look for like minded people who are into off-grid, sustainable and alternative living and building

There are a few strawbale and clay light straw buildings in Lorinna.
An organic food co op, open twice a week with Saturdays the time to meet people and buy organic coffe.
In summer pizza nights.
Movie nights and different events.
An interesting community that helps each other in many different ways
Lorinna is very much an alternative building, energy and living hub;
Lots of people who have come here went back often very inspired to start similar projects elsewhere or even here in Lorinna!
There a lot of children in Lorinna (about 20 for the moment), all home educated

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