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mark m

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    My Property

    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Farming methods

    Permaculture

    Short Property Description

    Secluded Riverfront property in E. Gippsland bush.

    Full Property Description

    38 Acres, 1.5 km riverfront, end of dead end road, state forest 3 sides, Mudbrick/bluestone house, permaculture garden. There is no mobile reception, please contact me via email (1 km on top of a hill there is reception) but i have a satalite internet connection.  Everything but the houses and chookpen were destroyed in fire 30 December 2019. That included 2 km of fence, 25 yr old covered orchard, stage where festivals were held, woofer caravan on river, farm car.   In the past, ive given tours to over 1000 people of my farm as it is / was very self sustaining.  All solar powered, and garden has abundant supplies yr round. i have preserved foods/made cider/wine/juice in past.  I have health issues now and cant do as much as i used to.  I play music and have spent past 10 yrs in North America touring for 4 months playing in Mexico and Pacific Northwest.  This yr is different and have cancelled all gigs and this will be my first winter in Australia and i cant believe how cold it is.

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    i have my own developed method of growing.  Half my gardens are bird protected 1/2 not, some raised beds.  Composting system that goes back into the earth.  Very simple and it works for me.

    Special Conditions

    i dont really have special conditions but if any come up i will let you know.

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Soil conservation, Mulching, Worm farming, Animal care, Mechanical, Using & caring for tools, Building, Fencing, Handyman, Preserving & processing food

    Courses and Events

    i stopped my farm tours as it became too much for me.

    My Details

    Name

    mark m

    Gender

    Male

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    1 WWOOFer

    Accommodation

    In Our Home

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    I was a woof host in the 80s. I was farm 67 when there was a book that had only a few hundred farms in the entire country. I must say all my experiences were not good (I had a woofer ringbark a lot of my original fruit trees with the wippersnipper) but overall, must say i really enjoyed meeting all of them and got lots of work done, including specialty work from an electrician.

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