Short Property Description
- The Western District coastline of Victoria is where we have our 30 acres, with 5 acres of native bush. We have visiting native animal such as koalas, kangaroos and plenty of birds. It is only a short drive to the seaside town of Portland. We use rain water for everything and so planting with this in mind is very important. All that we are creating and building here is a wonderful learning and therapy experience. We would love you to join in with us as we try to create a place for all to enjoy even in our small way.
Full Property Description
Our property is on a new adventure so we have a variety of animals such as horses, hens, cows, calves, sheep, guniea pig, goats, a beehive, one shed cat and two therapy dogs. If you love being with animals and giving them a lot of attention we’d love to have you stay. The farm, although on a small scale is being opened for children and adults with different needs to have the opportunity to learn and experience nature-based education and animal-assisted therapy. A garden both vegetable and flower is in the planning stages so help in this area will be part of the stay. We are close to the sea and have some great surf beaches, Tuna fishing and visiting whales which come in very close to our harbour during whale season from June to October. Blue whales can be seen from May. The Great Southwest Walk is fantastic and can be done in smaller sections at a time in the bush, along sea cliffs or along a river bank.
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Organic/Biological methods we use
I would say our block is as organic as we can make it and follows what we love about permaculture farming and we are all learning together. We try our best to make use of what the land and animals give us and waste very little of it. Organic fertilizers are use on the larger paddocks now as no chemicals have been put on them over the pass 15 years so we are excited to see what will come about from this.
Skills WWOOFers can learn here
Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Soil conservation, Mulching, Beekeeping, Animal care, Dairy, Using & caring for tools, Building, Fencing, Handyman, Cheese making, Bread making, Fermenting foods
Courses and Events
There may be visitors to the property as part of nature education and the animal therapy but you will be welcomed to join in if you wish to do so.
Preferred length of Stay
Diets we cater for
Why I became a WWOOF Host
I needed help on the property which was one of the reasons I became a host and the thought of meeting people from all walks of life sounded good to me. So now I can honestly say, I wish I had done this so much earlier. It is such a giving experience by both the hosts and the wwoofers. We learn so much from each other and I can see my self doing this for many years to come.