Short Property Description
Two properties offering the opportunity to experience both city and country living.
Our city property is a federation style house surrounded by a leafy native Australian garden, sustainable vegetable garden and bee hive. A short tram ride on the 48 or 109 tram from Southern cross Station, Melbourne, to our home.
Our second property fulfils a life long dream to own a farm with plenty of land to plant trees. Two hours drive from Melbourne with two houses, and nine horses.
Full Property Description
The city property is in the inner east of Melbourne, 5km from the CBD. The property is a short walk from a gourmet supermarket, cafes and restaurants, and boutiques. It is also a stones throw to the Yarra River and the walking and bike tracks that run along it.
The country property is in a small rural town near the Goulburn River halfway between Nagambie and Shepparton. The surrounding countryside contains orchards, vineyards and dairy and grain farms.
Organic/Biological methods we use
Our city property is 100% organic, using compost and horse poo sourced from the farm to fertilise raised planter box vegetable gardens. Since the addition of a bee hive our garden has become more productive.
We bought our farm property 2 years ago. It used to be a pig farm but was quite run down. We spent the first year clearing a noxious weed and removing rubbish. We have created rotation paddocks for our horses and are working on breaking them in. They are a rescued herd.
Last June we planted over 4, 000 trees and bushes on 40 acres which we are regenerating. It will serve as part of a wildlife corridor. We plan to start an orchard of varying fruits. This will have to be irrigated from the adjacent channel.
We are using horse poo to create veggie beds which are considerably productive, but have had competition from rabbits. So we have started thinning out the grey box monoculture which is on another part of the property and using the wood to build a rabbit proof fence. The aim is to replace the grey box with a variety of undergrowth in order to reduce erosion.
With the help of WWOOFer volunteers and friends we have converted one of the garden sheds into a chook shed and added a chicken run to it. Now we have 6 chickens of varying breeds providing us with fresh eggs.
Stays can be for a week or more by negotiation.
Skills WWOOFers can learn here
Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Soil conservation, Propagating, Mulching, Pruning, Beekeeping, Animal care, Poultry care, Horse care, Fencing, Handyman, Bread making, Fermenting foods, Preserving & processing food