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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5 hectares
Persons: 1or2 couples/singles
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 48966
Region: North Canterbury

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Last Updated: August 12, 2020

We enjoy having enthusiastic help with planting and vegetable garden work, food processing and some building, weeding and other farm work. There may also be some opportunity for dairy work.
If you are passionate about self sufficiency, food production, water & resource conservation, cheese and dairying, and holistic animal care you may enjoy being part of our adventure. You MUST be enthusiastic about food and prepared to eat seasonal food & meat, able to work independently and clean up, love animals and above all be committed to this lifestyle.
We are open to short stay (2-3 weeks) for enthusiastic people, or medium to long term interns for Farm to Table and Dairy internships (3-6 months +). Please read further information about our farm below and contact us for internship information. We are also looking for longer term farm share partners and open to discuss many options for making this work with the right people. If you think you might know them please get in touch!
No smokers

We do not reply to emails unless it is clear that you have read our profile and are making a genuine enquiry about what we have to offer. If you want to make further enquiry, and have read our full profile, please include information about what skills or experience you can offer and what you would hope to learn from our farm.

We are a couple in our early 50ís setting up a permaculture based self sufficiency smallholding in the beautiful rolling downs of North Canterbury. We are in the process of creating a beautiful and productive property. Our focus is on milking goats and sheep for making cheese. We also keep chickens, ducks, pigs, and sheep. The animals are very socialized and are a huge part of our lives so you need to enjoy animals. We have a large vegetable garden and produce all our own vegetables and our own milk and cheese. All our meat is raised free range on the property, humanely killed and we process it ourselves. We enjoy food and eat well, using our own or local food as much as possible. We eat seasonal produce and cannot cater to dietary preferences although if you have particular requirements please ask in advance. If you are not enthusiastic about your food, where it comes from and how it is prepared please donít contact us. We dislike waste of any type particularly food and resources (water, electricity). We use only organic toiletries on the property but can provide some if you donít have your own. We have planted a native woodland, shelter belts, olive grove, small orchard and nut woodland, which are just starting to produce. Thereís lots more planting to be done. Our climate is hot and dry in the summer and we expect drought every year so water is a very precious resource. You must be willing to carefully conserve water. We tend to work most from early in the morning while it is cool, so you really need to be a morning person to work with us in the summer.
You will be expected to fully participate in all aspects of running our farm. Thereís a huge variety of work depending on time of year, including planting, landscaping, gardening, harvesting, earthbuilding, tree planting and care, animal care, building shelters or greenhouse, landscaping, fencing and some art work Ė and of course thereís always weeding! We always have lots of projects you can work on if you are keen and we are interested in any ideas for passive energy use. Other seasonal activities like preserving, cheesemaking, charcuterie. If you have particular interests have a look at the calendar below for when things happen. Itís a very rough guide and has to vary depending on the season but it could help you plan when to come. Of course theres other things happening all the time (and always weeding!!) but this is just our main focus of energy Ė either physical or mental.
AislingQuoy farm calendar:
July greenhouse work, building, fencing
August garden prep, lambing, sheep training
September garden prep, lambing, kidding, project work
October planting, kidding, milking, cheesemaking, project work
November planting, cheesemaking, weeding, grass control, haymaking
December planting, cheesemaking, weeding, grass control, haymaking
January planting, project work
February harvest, preserving, breeding, project work
March harvest, preserving, butchering, breeding
April harvest, butchering, garden prep, mulching
May garden prep, mulching, planning
June building, quiet time!?
We have travelled extensively and WWOOFed and enjoy sharing experiences. We enjoy people who are keen to learn, share and participate in our lifestyle. You need to be able to work independently and you must be able to clean up after yourself and take responsibility for your work and tools. Accommodation is in the loft of a steel barn, it's not insulated so is cold in winter and hot in summer. No smokers please.
Near wineries, beaches and about an hour from Christchurch city, Kaikoura & Hanmer (hot pools). Cycling and walks from property. Come share in our adventure!

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