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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5
Persons: 1-2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 88750
Region: Coromandel

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Last Updated: June 20, 2020

**CURRENT PROJECTS as of 16/6/20**
-firewood processing
-digging new raised beds
-blackberry clearing

We are two families sharing a beautiful piece of land in the Kauaeranga Valley 10 minutes drive from Thames, with stunning swimming holes nearby, and native bush walks and DOC camping 15 minutes further up the road. We are completely off-grid on solar power and we aim to grow quite a lot of our own food, following organic principles.

The land has been developed into a large mixed fruit orchard, newly planted olive grove, vegetable gardens, woodlots and paddocks - and the development is ongoing! It is also home to our three cows, six Muskovy ducks, dozen chickens and small dog, Kip. For most of the year we are self-sufficient for milk, fruit and vegetables, and eat our own organic beef through the year.

We are looking for people to come and work and live alongside us, in a variety of ways depending on the season and your skills. Work might include: vege garden management, fruit tree pruning, preserving, processing firewood, fencing, weed management and small building jobs. There are 3 young children on the farm, so there is also an opportunity for childcare experience if that is of interest.

The exchange is for 4 hours of work per person daily in return for all meals and accommodation in a basic 20 sqm self-contained cabin with composting toilet. One day per week is a day off from working. Please note the preparation and cleaning up after meals is shared amongst us and is separate to the 4 hours of work.

We look forward to hearing from you! As above, our current projects are fairly hard, outdoor, physical jobs, so if you like that sort of thing then get in touch :-)

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