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All Year: 1 September to 30 April
Area (ha): 1.5
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 88654
Region: Tasmania

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Last Updated: July 10, 2020

We are a 1.5Ha Hobby Farmlet based on Permaculture, Natural Gardening, Garden Farming & Regenerative Practices. We are also registered with Australian Miniature Goats and have commenced breeding. We are passionate advocates for resilient living.

We have a view of creating a sanctuary for our family and local community as we head towards energy decent. We are energised in creating a new story based on interbeing which we hope will slowly replace the outdated model of separation and competition that we are all somewhat conditioned by. We now see evidence all around us where this old story is no longer serving humanity and we must try something new and different which may in fact be the way of life our ancestors thrived in. We meet the challenge of finding this balance every day and we celebrate big on each of our small victories.

We have multiple zones on our property; bushland, sloped paddocks, a water easement, multiple yards & established stone courtyard gardens. We have established a 4-acre permaculture design currently being implemented thanks to previous helpers. You guys keep our energy and motivation fueled between visits!

We are open for helpers between September and April, closing over Winter. We eat both meat and vegetarian meals but are unable to cater to specialist diets, you will need to bring these special foods with you. We can host a couple or 1 single person for up to 2 weeks at a time with at least 7 days between hosting stints. Please let us know if you have your own accommodation/vehicle as we may be able to host you at the same time.

We are a 2min drive from the town centre or a 15-20min walk. Penguin has supermarkets, green grocer, cafes, bakery, butcher, pub, art gallery and Sunday market. We are also situated magically between the Dial Range and Bass Strait so you can either climb mountains or swim in the ocean in your down time.

We have commenced breeding miniature goats and keep them on a cell rotation in front paddocks. We also maintain an orchard and edible garden courtyards. We have loose plans to implement a flower garden for bee forage on our property and have a few building projects on the go which include retrofitting an old pottery barn as a sustainable tiny home. We have some problem areas of gorse and periwinkle to control over time and there are many other small projects we need help with but above all, we would really enjoy company with like-minded people in making our farmlet dream a reality!

If you have a good work ethic and sense of humour by day and want to relax and talk 'new story' by night, we'll have a great time together! During your stay we provide you with a private room separate to the homestead and you will be able to share the homestead shower & toilet with us at any time. We also host an Airbnb cabin onsite which over Summer the property is buzzing with people coming and going.

We strictly do not accept smoking on our property and this extends to all visiting guests both from Airbnb and HelpX so please do not ask to stay with us if you intend to smoke during your visit.

We have 3 happy, respectful & friendly daughters, ages 14 to 19, who are all quite independent with their activities and have been raised practicing resilient living. The other members of our family are two cheeky beagles, a motley crew of chooks, a serious ram and his lady friend, our herd of eleven curious and playful miniature goats with more kids due this Spring and a hive of bees! Every sentient being is treasured on our property and you will be too :-)

You are welcome to join Brad in the dojo for a free martial arts class and learn some basic Aikido and self defense drills during your stay.

If this sounds like a place you'll fit in then we look forward to hearing from you... Lisa & Brad, the Palmer Farmers.

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