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Persons: 1-2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 88911
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: November 26, 2018

We moved to our farm 3 years ago. It had been very neglected and we are in the early stages of restoring it. There are cattle agitsted here. We are growing 5000 garlic plants, a vegetable and herb plot, olive, fruit and nut trees plus small scale agroforestry and the beginnings of a native flower area.

We are in South Gippsland, 15 minutes drive from surf beaches. It is a stunningly beautiful area. We are 6 minutes from Korumburra town which has bus services daily to and from Melbourne. Aside from farm work we are both artists and I am a musician. My partner experiments with alternative technology. It's pretty interesting here. The accommodation is either 2 single beds inside the house or use of a caravan. We hope the people who come and help us will be happy and really benefit from learning from our work and enjoying the local area.

We need help with weeding, mulching, cutting grass, planting, propagating, picking fruit in season. We are small scale but the work is constant. We are about to start work on a large shed November 2018 and also laying paving for a propagation area. I will study permaculture in 2019. We will add chickens and our own livestock in September 2019.
We welcome people to enjoy staying with us, but we are very busy and we can't accept people who aren't able to follow direction and do their bit of work. We ask for 3 hours a day and suggest that this is done early in the morning before it gets too hot during summer.

Seasonal tasks are roughly
January start picking Loganberries
February Pick and preserve stone fruit and tomato
March make beds for garlic planting. Plant garlic.
April-May Work on maintaining vegetables and power beds.
Weed and Mulch flower and vegetables
May harvest pumpkins and other vegetables
June July complete new plantings of trees and vegetables
August Rest
September weed and Mulch flowers and vegetables
Plant any late trees
October mulch and weed- pick flowers- check property for fire safety and snake safety
November ensure water supply is organised for summer.
December Harvest garlic

Throughout the whole year we are repairing fences, changing water supply for animals, building paved areas and shed infrastructure. We also have major weeds to manage but as there are areas that we use chemicals on, we don't expect farmstay people to help with that.

We are also mowing and slashing grass throughout the whole year, creating compost and pruning, rotating crops.
It is also likely that we will need some help in the house. Because we don't have a good shed we are doing lots of the seed preparation and produce in the house.... It gets a bit dusty!!

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