Graeme Athol Otway

Host Profile

    My Property

    Business Type


    Farming methods


    Short Property Description

    Help us to help others. I have a functional neurological disorder that impacts on my daily life with movement, day to day living, speech sometimes, chronic fatigue. Wanting to start a support group for others that are similar. We would like to set up a food forest and sensory garden right here on Russell Island. Woofers help us to maintain the property and to build and maintain fruit trees, raised garden beds, hugelkultur garden, lasagna-method garden beds for a wide range of fruit and vegetables grown in an organic way. Wayne and I are an outgoing couple that like to meet new people and learn from all cultures. We are both chefs by trade but have moved onto the island for a quiet sense of life. We both like to get into arts and crafts. We are both originally from New Zealand and have been living in Australia for ten years. Graeme likes to go fishing and all things outdoors even though he’s got this disability, he doesn’t let that limit his life. Wayne likes to get into music and he’s more the indoor type. We’re pretty easy going people and like to learn new things. At the moment we’re building our house and living in a tiny home at the back. We don’t mind couples Building experience and gardening experience is preferable but not exactly needed. You must be friendly, outgoing, willing to work five hours a morning in exchange for room and board. Please let us know if there is anything you’d like to know about our little island.  

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    We intend to get someone in to show how to do certain types of gardening. We intend to do straw bale gardening, organics, hugel-kultur, lasagna method, espailier gardening, aquaponics, and we intend to make products from our produce such as soaps, chutneys, jams, crafts for the local markets.

    My Details


    Graeme Athol Otway

    Partners Name

    Wayne Otway



    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    2 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation


    In Our Home

    Other options

    Non-Smoking, No Children

    Meal Procedures

    Eat together

    Languages spoken

    English, Aussie and Kiwi



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