We are a travelling couple with a small dog called Maggie. We set off from Currumbin Valley on the east coast of Australia back in January 2019, in pursuit of a working/travelling adventure, hoping to learn new things and make connections with people around the country. Our goal is to both volunteer our time and work on various farms to save money towards owning our own plot of land in Tasmania, where we dream of living a simple, self-sufficient, happy life. We are both quiet people who revel in simple living, the outdoors, nature and like-minded people. Rueben is a carpenter by trade who has an eye for recyclable construction and design and has contributed to a number of creative home builds and projects. He has also collaborated with others in designing and building a number of camper van/ bus fit outs with the most recent bus fit out being transformed into WWOOFing accommodation. Rueben has tractor driving experience using various attachments such as a slasher, rotary hoe, fertiliser, planter, single seeder, ripper and hay feeder. He has experience in basic welding, general gardening maintenance as well as mustering/ droughting sheep and cattle. In his personal time, Rueben enjoys creating art work. Most of my professional experience has been in the education system working as a teacher/special needs teacher. I have also worked in nannying, garden maintenance and general farm support roles. I have a keen interest in permaculture and garden and farming practises. I also love being in the presence of animals and find myself most at ease in their company.
Why I joined WWOOF
To connect with others, gain knowledge and experience the country we live in. We hope to be inspired by others and use the learning we gain to apply this to our own lifestyle.. We are also interested in being a host WWOOFer when we have our land.
Languages I speak
Rueben- Qualified carpenter, Cert III Horticulture, general garden and house maintenance, tractor driving, camper van/bus fitouts, recyclable design, Jen- Primary/special needs teacher, general garden maintenance, interest in permaculture, cooking, gardening, sustainability, conservation, animal rehabilitation and wildlife.
Skills I would like to learn
Organic Practices, Permaculture/Biodynamics, Gardening, Pruning, Propagating, Composting, Soil conservation, Biodynamics practices and techniques, Mulching, Animal Care, Mustering, Beekeeping, Worm farming, Building, Natural building methods, Tool making, Mechanical, Dairy, Cheese making, Preserving food, Wild food foraging, Fermenting food, Bread Making, Wine making, Marketing produce