Short Property Description
Organically grown flowers in the hills outside of Melbourne. I am 31 years old and in my second year of flower growing. I have taken over from my in-laws who are now retired. I hope to transition the farm to be one day be certified organic, producing both cut flowers and vegetables. My passion is with Australian native flowers and herbs. The farm is 25 acres, with 2 acres under production currently.
Full Property Description
The property was purchased in 2018 and had not been farmed since the early 2000’s. After a lot of hard work the farm is now resembling something of its former glory. My house is a 3 minute drive from the farm in Monbulk. I practice a permaculture style of gardening at home and hope to incorporate some of the ideas into the farm.
The town of Monbulk is only an hour’s drive from Melbourne City, or a little over an hour on the train from Belgrave. Monbulk sits amongst the Dandenong ranges national Park which boasts some of the best bush walks in Victoria. The town’s just up the road of sassafras and Mount Dandenong are very popular tourist destinations.
My partner and I mostly spend our weekends exploring the ranges. Ruby plays in multiple bands so we often head to the the city when she has gigs on.
Organic/Biological methods we use
After an initial tillage to break new ground, our farming methods are mostly no till. I follow alot of JM Fortier style of gardening with raised beds and deep compost mulch system. We are trying to incorporate more cover crops into our cycles. There is an old tractor on site but most of the work is done with hand tools, eg broad fork, flame weeder, stirrup hoe etc.
The growing season starts early spring when seedlings are started in the greenhouse. Things really kick off in November and are in full swing by December with picking and succession planting of the annuals all the way through untill May.
Skills WWOOFers can learn here
Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Pruning, Soil conservation, Mulching, Worm farming, Using & caring for tools, Building, Fencing, Handyman, Marketing produce
Preferred length of Stay
Diets we cater for
Why I became a WWOOF Host
I have participated in skill share activities on farms through Europe in the past. I always wanted to return the favour and be a host myself, so I can pass on the knowledge I have learnt and learn new skills from the volunteers that stay. There is no better way to see the world than to experience how the locals live.