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Violet Town
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 8
Persons: up to 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 34029
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: April 30, 2019

This is a permaculture small farm on the edge of Violet Town, just 800m from the train station. The farm is well established, as most tree planting was done between 1996 and 2000.

We have a large established fruit and nut orchard, an olive grove, vegetable gardens, chickens, milking goats, bees, forestry for shelter and timber, and large dam for irrigation and swimming. Our house is made of timber and mudbrick, and we catch our own water. Most of our food comes from the house garden and farm, including a huge range of fresh fruit all year round, a range of vegetables for each season, honey, cheese, olive oil, table olives, and home killed or hunted meat. We eat shared meals, most meals are vegetarian.

Type of jobs: farm and garden work, combined with learning, and share of household tasks, including food preparation from farm ingredients. Depending on your skills and interests and our needs, tasks can include caring for our vegetable gardens, orchard, goats and chickens, cheese making and other food processing (tapenade, preserves, etc.), fruit picking and grading, bee keeping and honey extraction, forestry, beer brewing and bottling, and sometimes building and building maintenance. Summer routine includes putting on a stall at a farmers' market some weekends, which visitors may help with, or come along for the ride, by arrangement. Weekends are mostly free time other than a share of basic animal and household tasks.

At present, for autumn leading into winter, we have 2 indoor bedrooms available, and also the option of the glamping tents in sunny positions. Summer sleeping space accommodation is mostly 'glamping' (glamorous camping) in large furnished tents big enough to stand up in, under shady trees, with electricity connected. People staying longer can sometimes move into the cob cottage, or a room in the house.

Wifi and small library of self-reliance/permaculture books available. David teaches and consults in permaculture.

Travel to here is easy: 2hrs from Melbourne by train directly to Violet Town station or via Benalla if coming by train from Sydney. Minimum stay 2 weeks, longer can be better. Longer stays by arrangement after the first week.

Please make initial contact by email. In your application, or on your profile, please ensure that you outline your work experience, what study you have done, your skills, passions and interests, why you are interested to come here, and include at least one photo of you. We do like to see your smiling face. References or positive helpx reviews are always helpful.

Helping here suits people who enjoy being active and productive doing well organised work, and are seriously interested in self-reliant sustainable living and organics.

See our website for more photos, and information about our internships, including the account of one of our intern's experience.

reviews (31)
Helper: Georgia Steward Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 21, 2019
It was a wonderful experience with David and Cecilia. Their farm and land is ... view complete review

Helper: Siyao Zhang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 20, 2018
David and Cecilia are open and global minded hosts with a lot of experience w... view complete review

Helper: Marcin and Monika Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Poland Date: May 19, 2018
David and Cecilia are lovely people, we stayed with them for a month and we h... view complete review

Helper: Sabrina den hondt Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: May 11, 2018
Excuse me, I write only today, it means that I do not forget you, what you ha... view complete review

Helper: Romain Galland Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 19, 2018
Hi Firstly, i'm sorry for my late review I spent 2 weeks in David and Cec... view complete review

Helper: Sabina Harsaniova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Slovakia Date: January 25, 2018
Staying with David and Cecilia was absolutely amazing! The way they live and ... view complete review

Helper: Sijia Chen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: December 24, 2017
(It's an overdue review) How time flies! It has been over 5 months since I l... view complete review

Helper: Hengshan and Fangzhou Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: July 18, 2017
We spent 2 weeks here. It was one of the most special experiences we had. We ... view complete review

Helper: Nathalie L Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 9, 2017
I spent five weeks at the Murrnong farm with Cecilia and David - and Grace. H... view complete review

Helper: Tom Bertalha Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: June 7, 2017
Staying at Murrnong have changed my life for the best! I stayed with David,... view complete review

Helper: Théo and Sarah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 31, 2017
David, Cécilia, Grace and Jimmy the cat are all very welcoming. They are real... view complete review

Helper: Yixin Guoji Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: May 19, 2017
This is my first experience on HelpX, and David, Cicilia, Grace and all the h... view complete review

Helper: Laura Baumert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 14, 2017
I stayed for over a month with David, Cecilia and Grace and I can only recomm... view complete review

Helper: Solène Corde Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 15, 2017
What a wonderful experience in Murrnong!! I'm so glad to have chosen this far... view complete review

Helper: Gabriel Lellouch Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 9, 2017
I can just acknowledge everything in Sophie’s testimonial. Helping in Murrnon... view complete review

Helper: Shaofeng HOU Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 5, 2017
I stay in Murrnong farmstay for nearly three weeks, David and Cecilia are ver... view complete review

Helper: Sophie Bony Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 5, 2017
For my first HelpX experience, I spent a month at Murrnong with David, Cecili... view complete review

Helper: Maxence REY Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 29, 2017
Modification of my review : We started working after breakfast so almost 8.3... view complete review

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Helper: Maxence REY Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 28, 2017
I spent two weeks with Cecilia, David and two others helpers (Sophie and Shao... view complete review

Helper: Sacha and Robin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: March 10, 2017
We've spent two weeks in murrnong farm with David, Cecilia and Grace. It was ... view complete review

Helper: Jérémy and Cécile Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 5, 2017
We spent one month in Murrnong Farm, with David, Cecilia, Grace and Jimmy (th... view complete review

Helper: Elie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: May 15, 2016
Do not come here if you need very planned days and clearly defined helping ho... view complete review

Helper: Reka and Andras Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hungary Date: January 31, 2016
Only go if you do not mind working extended hours and having limited free tim... view complete review

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Helper: Selma Oeren Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 18, 2015
I planned to stay 2,5 weeks, and ended up staying 4 weeks at Davids beautiful... view complete review

Helper: Thaila and Frank Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: May 4, 2015
We stayed at Davids farm for one month in april 2015 and we had a great time!... view complete review

Helper: Cedric and Jennyfer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 11, 2015
We wanted to spend two weeks here but finally we only spent 5 days cause we h... view complete review

Helper: Chris Colefax Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: February 22, 2015
I have just spent three weeks here and enjoyed a truly rewarding experience. ... view complete review

Helper: Fan Lin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: February 19, 2015
I was so lucky to stay in David's permaculture farm for 7 days. Even though I... view complete review

Helper: Jian-wei SHEN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: December 30, 2014
David is a very practical and patient person. He will as possible as much to ... view complete review

Helper: Frederic Weritz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 25, 2014
Davids farm is a great place. I enjoyed my time there, especially the amazing... view complete review

Helper: Luca Bevoni Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: December 9, 2014
I moved The time spent At david's House!! I learned a lot of things like how ... view complete review

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