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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 18
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 87475
Region: North Auckland

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Last Updated: November 13, 2019

Note: We are not able to have anyone stay now until February 2020.

We are new to farming and have purchased a place in need of some work to bring it back to life. The pictures show why we fell in love with it. They were taken at the peak of summer and after some aesthetic work was done. We are now focusing on maintenance and upgrading some of the fundamentals.

We are a family of four. Our boys are 18 and on the autistic spectrum. They help out with some tasks given guidance. There is mobile phone reception on Spark and we will provide internet through WiFi.

The cabin where you’ll stay is a simple single unit with a double bed and couch. There is a kitchenette and full bathroom. The cabin is separate from the house and above ground so access is by stairs only.

Here is a list of tasks that we can work on. But there are other items that may come up and will get prioritized if necessary.

Gardening, fencing, weed eradication, livestock management, driveway repairs, fire wood collection and stacking, grass mowing, paddock improvements, water trough cleaning, irrigation, equipment maintenance, general carpentry, painting and general cleaning. The focus will also work towards the skills you bring to the farm.

Our goal is self-sufficiency as much as possible. We like to live off the land. To that end we will want to prepare and plant the gardens, orchards and get the paddocks into top shape for the livestock.

We also renovated the cabin recently, but we want to make it really shine. We will look at sanding and painting and any other work that can improve it.

You will need your own vehicle for travel. Our farm is located off the main road down 5 km of gravel road. Auckland city is 50 minutes in non-rush hour traffic. There are shops available closer by in Kaukapakapa - about 10 minutes away - including takeaways and a dairy. It is a peaceful place as we are quite remote but there are adventurous activities in the area if you want. Tree climbing, mountain biking and surfing are all about a half hour away. And Silverdale which is a large suburb of Auckland.

Will is a recently certified horticulturist with 15 years in IT doing mostly web and mobile development. Part of our dream is to automate as much as possible. Including the use of micro controllers for monitoring and alerting.

There is a pool and spa that you can use by the main house. And we'll be eating fresh homegrown as much as possible.

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