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.
Preferred length of Stay
Diets we cater for
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.