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Jarrod Ruch

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    My Property

    Property Name

    Hope Seed Farm

    Business Type

    Commercial Farm

    Farming methods

    Permaculture

    Short Property Description

    1. Small established mixed permaculture farm, nestled in the wet, but recently burnt, forest wilderness of East Gippsland. Beautiful location with mountain river running through the property. Hope Seed Farm is now 18 years old, operates primarily within the gift economy and aims to be subsistence based. Production is diverse, 350 fruit trees, 150 nut trees, truffle oak trees, vegetable and herbs, nursery, bees, goats, poultry and cows. Animal handling uses very ethical principles. Totally off grid, solar etc. Separate accommodation, can easily provide all diets of vegan, vegetarian etc. Effectively organic non certified, no chemical use for more than 30 years on the property. Regenerative practices, carbon farming and re-vegetation of rain-forest along the river.

    Full Property Description

    1. Goongerah is surrounded by mountains with ‘huge’ old growth trees and rain-forests which are easily accessible and perfect for hiking and bird watching. Goongerah was impacted heavily by this year’s Black Summer. So lots of recovery happening now.

    There are no shops in Goongerah and the closest shops are an hours drive away. No fuel stations either.

    The Brodribb river runs parallel to the road through the town of Goongerah. There are lots of access points and the forests along the river are tall!

    Special Conditions

    Goongerah is isolated and surrounded by native forests and mountains as far as the eye can see in any direction. It can get very cold in winter. And in the summer, sometimes bush-fires threaten. As happened last summer.

    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, Dairy, Using & caring for tools, Building, Natural Building techniques, Fencing, Handyman, Cheese making, Bread making, Fermenting foods, Preserving & processing food

    My Details

    Name

    Jarrod Ruch

    Gender

    Male

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    4 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    3-7 days, Longer stays by negotiation, Whatever suits

    Accommodation

    In Our Home, Separate Building, BYO Accommodation

    Other options

    No Smoking Inside, Children allowed by arrangement

    Meal Procedures

    Eat together, Share most meals, Share cooking

    Diets we cater for

    All diets catered for, Meat, Vegetarian, Vegan

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    WWOOFing brings like minded people together who can share knowledge, wisdom and energy towards the goal of being regenerative for both nature and society. Hope Seed provides a working demonstration for those who are looking for an alternative to the current world’s troubles and offers a solutions based approach. For those looking for a life on the land and an alternative to consumerism and capitalism Hope Seed offers real hope. WWOOFing provides and opportunity to live that reality and to share ideas and hopes for a better future in a manner that steps to one side of the monetary system.

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