Dougal McAllister

Host Profile

My Property

Business Type

Commercial Farm

Farming methods

Organic

Short Property Description

Bonnie Brae is a 1000 acre farm which has transitioned into regenerative agriculture in the past year from industrial agriculture. The farms main income is Merino sheep, both for wool and meat. However we have a very large vegetable garden and orchard which we are still looking to expand.

The farm is owned by Don and Prue McAllister (65), and Dougal (27) is taking over the farm and manages the day to day work. Hilary (30), the daughter of Don and Prue is also home during Covid 19.

Volunteer tasks for WWOOFers will include working and expanding the vegetable garden, fencing, painting, building maintenance, cooking, cleaning, picking pistachios, tree planting and much more. If WWOOFers have any skills or ideas, we would be more than welcome to let them explore their interests and put them into practice.

 

Organic/Biological methods we use

We practice regenerative farming, which includes cover crops, holistic grazing, perennial pastures, agroforestry (just beginning this journey). We don’t use any synthetic fertiliser, instead use organic products such as worm castings and compost (we get a lot of pig shit from our local pig farm) and utilise natural ecosystems functions to run a profitable farm.

My Details

The Stay

Can Accommodate

1 WWOOFer

Preferred length of Stay

1-2 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation

Accommodation

In Our Home

Other options

No Smoking Inside, No Children

Meal Procedures

Eat together, Share cooking

Languages spoken

English

Diets we cater for

Meat based meals, Vegetarian meals

Why I became a WWOOF Host

During these trying times while Covid 19 takes hold of society, we feel like the farm can offer a haven for those seeking refuge from city living and high living expenses. We empathise with those that have lost their jobs and are not being supported by the government. Additionally, we are very excited about journey to regenerative agriculture and would love to not only get help during the transition, but also share our experiences with those who are interested in sustainable farming.

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