Homestead Health – Ellen Marshall

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    My Property

    Property Name

    Homestead Health Australia

    Business Type

    Commercial Farm

    Farming methods

    Organic

    Short Property Description

    ***PLEASE NOTE***

    Due to Covid19 and resulting food shortages & travel restrictions in our area, we are unable to host at present. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you find an alternate opportunity.

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    We are on 8 acres of natural bush in the Margaret River Region of Western Australia. We live and work in a 3/4 acre clearing, where we produce organic fruit, vegetables and medicinal herbs. We sell the plants we grow, in addition to our seeds and organic herbal capsules. Our property hosts a number of rare and endangered Australian native animals, and thousands of native Australian Grass Trees. We are located in the heart of the Margaret River Region, famous for it’s surfing, wineries, and natural beauty.

    Here is a Blog WWOOF Australia did on us: https://wwoof.com.au/homestead-health-learn-about-herbs/

    Full Property Description

    Homestead Health is nestled between hundreds of acres of cow paddocks, away from the main town on an 8 acre bush block. Most of the property is in it’s natural state, and home to extensive native flora and fauna. We have cleared tracks through the bush for those who enjoy quiet contemplation surrounded by nature. Our main activities are centred around the main property, where we have a number of greenhouses, garden beds, and growing areas. We specialise in growing tomatoes, chillies, capsicum, corn and sunflowers, although we also have small amounts of other fruit and vegetables for personal use. We grow and sell a variety of fruit trees, mostly from seed, and most days are focused on tending to the daily requirements of our plants. Duties vary according to seasonal requirement, spring is mostly digging and preparation of garden beds, summer is mostly maintenance, harvest, seed saving and dehydrating. Autumn sees us preparing our annual onion and garlic crops ready for winter. It’s very physical work. We also have 3 bee hives that provide additional polination for our vegetables.

     

    But there are certainly the rewards of working and living in such an incredibly beautiful part of the world. As a major tourist destination, there is never a lack of cultural offerings. Hundreds of wineries, restaurants, and cafes can be found to suit any taste. Live entertainment, can be found at many hotels in the region, as well as renowned events through the year, such as the Gourmet Escape, Margaret River Pro (surfing competition), Iron Man Competition (triathlon), many cycling competitions, and the list goes on. For the more introverted individual, there’s snorkelling, fishing, swimming etc. at the local beach, five minutes drive away, or many beautiful rural towns, farmers markets, craft markets and much more.

     

    Our home is an old homestead-style property, our lifestyle is simple. Water is precious here, so showers are short, and every bit of water is saved and recycled. Meals are rich and hearty, and contain a large portion of what we’ve grown ourselves. Our philosophy on life is to take everything back to basics, and everything we do reflects that. So if you’d like to learn how to be as self-sufficient as possible, grow your own food, live a wonderful life on very little, aim to attain completely off-grid living, then this could be the place for you.

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    When it comes to our food, and our seeds, we want the best, and purest. We also lean heavily toward sourcing and growing large numbers of heirloom varieties. The basis for all the soil we use is straight from the ground beneath us. This is combined with selected organic manure, blood & bone, coir peet and mulch. We only ever use organic pesticides, and only in exceptional circumstances. Our preference is to monitor our plants and manually remove pests. Most insects that we have difficulty with are seasonal, so we know what to look for and when, and simply check plants and squash the offenders. All irrigation is rainwater and dam water, therefore completely chemical free.

    Special Conditions

    Water is incredibly precious here! It is a limited resource and must be used wisely. A shower is a luxury, and must be kept short. All wash water is kept and used for the non-vegetable gardens. We ask that you please be aware of this, and choose another host farm if this causes you any inconvenience or discomfort. Due to our own dietary requirements, we are unable to cater to those on a vegetarian or vegan diet. Thankyou for your understanding.

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Organic practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Pruning, Soil conservation, Mulching, Beekeeping, Animal care, Using & caring for tools, Natural Building techniques, Handyman, Bread making, Preserving & processing food

    Courses and Events

    We have no events planned at this point.

    My Details

    Name

    Homestead Health – Ellen Marshall

    Partners Name

    Paul Marshall

    Gender

    Couple

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    1 WWOOFer

    Preferred length of Stay

    1-2 weeks

    Accommodation

    In Our Home, BYO Accommodation

    Other options

    No Smoking Inside, No Children

    Meal Procedures

    Share most meals

    Languages spoken

    English

    Diets we cater for

    Meat, Gluten free

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    There is so much more work here than my husband and I are able to do alone. Our business is expanding, and we need help, but we are so passionate about what we do that we’d love to share it with people with the same passion as us. We are in a beautiful location, which is also a major tourist destination. So why not share the full experience of this region whilst also getting ahead with some of the incredible plans we have for our home and business. We hope you will take with you some new knowledge and great memories of your stay with us.

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