Hello There! Im a 25 year old american backpacker who has been in Australia for almost a year now. I’ve spent most of my time in the country working on a commercial watermelon farm in the Northern Territory. My main responsibility was planting. There was only one planting team composed of 4 people, including myself. Over the course of 8 months we planted roughly 700 hectares of melon seedlings… which is something I’m very proud of 🙂 I also was involved with maintaining our seedling nursery, assessing plant health, checking for pests and disease, applying fungicides, and for determining the success of the week’s planting.
I can do basic repairs on irrigation systems, and have logged hundreds of hours of weeding. I am a farmer at heart. I grew up on a homestead, and have experience in tending to chickens, ducks, goats, horses, and other exotic pet (reptiles, insects, and small mammals). I have previous experience working on a flower farm, and have done a wide variety of projects while employed there such as seeding, weeding, planting, flower harvesting, netting, installing drip irrigation lines, operating a variety of small farm equipment, composting, fertilizing, and winterizing the farm at the end of the season.
I have also worked on a guest ranch, where I spent a lot of time riding and learning about horses. I have experience using chainsaws to clear away fallen trees, and using a log splitter or a sledgehammer and wedge to split and stack firewood.
I absolutely love being out and in nature, and am not shy around dirt, bad weather, or bugs. I love all animals, if a croc would let me pet it, I would. I am accustomed to a 10-12hr day. So I can easily have a very productive 5-8 hour shift with plenty of energy to spare. I learn quickly and I take instruction well, and am always excited to learn new skills.
Whatever you need done, I am willing to do! – Chloe
Why I joined WWOOF
One of the most valuable things when you’re traveling is local knowledge. I joined WWOOF as a way to find my way into local communities throughout my travels, as well as gain new skills and understanding on sustainability, and where food comes from.
I am excited to learn the ways of sustainable farming and homesteading, all while making valuable connections along the way.
Languages I speak
Skills I would like to learn
Organic Practices, Permaculture/Biodynamics, Gardening, Pruning, Propagating, Composting, Soil conservation, Biodynamics practices and techniques, Mulching, Animal Care, Mustering, Beekeeping, Worm farming, Fencing, Building, Natural building methods, Tool making, Using and caring for tools, Handyman, Mechanical, Dairy, Cheese making, Preserving food, Wild food foraging, Fermenting food, Bread Making, Wine making, Marketing produce