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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 800m
Persons: 1 - 4
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 9413
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: January 30, 2017

We have a host of fiddly jobs to finish off before we start on the next big job. The fiddly things include finishing the kitchen - overhead cupboards, floor finishing, slab bench tops, under sink cabinets..., restarting some aquaponic systems, getting better at making heat pellets, milling some timber at three or so sites, setting up the website for our bicycle hurse project, tidying the garden, organising some bees.... And the big project is working out what we want to build in the back yard and starting on the building approval process. So if you have some skills/experience on tools or building you would be much appreciated and this might be a chance to see some different building ideas.

You can see our website for more details or watch this video of us and our place - see below if you are a premier member. Basically we have a house where we host lots of folk and grow lots of food. We have had some fabulous helpers from this site who have helped with lots of great super projects. There are still a few we have a hankering for - installing a soldier fly larvae farm, along with all the usual stuff of growing a lot of food. Sing out if you want to come and play. Paul and Julia

I thought I might update this and suggest that if you write to us that you advise when you might want to come, how long you might want to stay and if you want to work 2 hours for accom only or four for accom and meals.

We also play on airbnb and the site asks for rules for our home. We don't like to live by heaps of rules but here is what we have there to give you an idea of how our home operates.

Our house is alive with all sorts of plants and animals busy growing and working away. The bees furiously making honey, the fish growing and providing nutrient for the plants, the worms processing fish wastes, the plants de-nitrifying the water for the fish, the chickens processing kitchens scraps into eggs, the spiders catching bugs and compost and all sorts of microbes and subsoil biota providing for the plants.

We have all sorts of people stay and are pretty flexible. Here are some of the usual practices
1. We take our shoes of at the door. We do this cause if feels nice, reduces the work cleaning floors and means we are not traipsing compost throughout the house. We have several crocs at the doors for us and guests. We usually just have a thickish pair of socks for the house in winter.
2. We don't kill all our household spiders. They do a job keeping the insects down in the house, especially when processing honey and they are fascinating to watch.
3. We turn appliances off at the power switches. A fella had this device and demonstrated how much electricity was being leaked when they were left on.
4. We have three bins in the kitchen - one for food scraps for the chooks, one for recycling and one for rubbish. Oh and please, no bottled water - its an eco nightmare and Melbourne's tap water is delicious.
5. When cooking, you must remain in the kitchen. 80% of household fires start with unattended cooking - so we ensure against this by insisting everyone remain in the kitchen when the stove is on.
6. Only Paul works the wood and pellet heaters and the auto ceiling bed.
7. We enjoy children and welcome them to our house. Our house has at least the usual array of risks and you must supervise your children in the home at all times. We have a pond, bees and all sorts of ways to injure oneself. Please respect the risks.
8. Please respect others in the house who may be working. We like to reduce the noise after 10pm and before 8am.
9. We do not accept bookings from guests who are not vaccinated. We have a young son and like science, reasoning and randomised, double blind, placebo controlled replicable tests.
10. We require that guests treat others in our home including women and other guests who may be gay equally.

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