Fionn & Laura Quinlan

Host Profile

    My Property

    Property Name

    Djaning

    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Farming methods

    Permaculture

    Short Property Description

    Located in the shadows of Nightcap national park, in the sleepy, picturesque village of The Channon, Djaning seeks to incorporate contemporary regenerative agricultural practices with an artistic flair. Utilising a holistically managed Permaculture mainframe with Syntropic agriculture as our driving force. Being a family farm we have an emphasis on rewilding and nature play.

    Full Property Description

    We’re a small family that started from a 21 acre pasture desert paddock, and have over the past few years begun to create and implement our vision of a thriving food forest, come community hub in the heart of our village, The Channon.

    Our main residence is a yurt which we occupy with our two children. We have composting toilets, rain water tanks and run on solar. We are completely off-grid, and enjoy living simply yet creatively.

    Our proximity to the pub, village shop, tea rooms, gallery and monthly craft market is what makes this property particularly special, as these are all within walking distance. There’s also over a kilometer of direct access to the Nightcap national park fed Terania Creek on the property.

    Our ethics, vision and principles are closely alligned with contemporary permaculture practices. We are teachers/facilitators nationally and internationally and are in the process of creating a vibrant learning space for workshops and courses in the near future.

    WWOOF Australia has done a Blog post about us, you can read it on their News Page

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    Permaculture (no dig, sheet mulching, swales, dams, rainforest regeneration, Berkley method hot compost), Syntropic Agriculture (mixture of hoticulture with agroforestry), holistic management of any and all grazing stock.

    Special Conditions

    There is currently no hot running water on the property. We have bucket showers that can be warmed up on a stove. We live simply and attempt to create everything that we need, which sometimes can be a long slow process but we enjoy the experiential learning and challenges this way of life can bring.

    We attempt to involve our children in all processes on the farm. If you’re a little out of touch with your inner child you may find this challenging (even we do at times).

    One other thing we feel the need to remind people is that there is limited internet access, and telephone reach (only Telstra network ) in our area. We like it this way. We do have various other means with which to get a message out, but if you’re in need of your techno fix regularly (like 3-27  times a day) then we may not be the place for you.

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Pruning, Soil conservation, Mulching, Wild Food Foraging, Worm farming, Beekeeping, Animal care, Mechanical, Using & caring for tools, Building, Natural Building techniques, Handyman, Fermenting foods, Preserving & processing food, Marketing produce

    Courses and Events

    Courses and events are as yet to be fully implemented at Djaning, though we do run working bees, community plantings and by donation workshops.

    We are more likely to update our website and facebook page: Djaning.com

    My Details

    Name

    Fionn & Laura Quinlan

    Partners Name

    Fionn & Laura Quinlan

    Gender

    Family

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    More than 4

    Preferred length of Stay

    1-2 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation

    Accommodation

    Caravan, Tent, BYO Accommodation

    Other options

    No Smoking Inside, Children allowed by arrangement

    Meal Procedures

    Share most meals, Share cooking, Food provided, cook your own

    Languages spoken

    English

    Diets we cater for

    All diets catered for

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    We became hosts for many reasons. The main one being that we loved being WWOOFers when we were travelling, we gained so much knowledge, invaluable experience and friends that it really prepared us for when it came to running our own farm.

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