John Button

Host Profile

    My Property

    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Farming methods


    Short Property Description

    I’ve been working. with permaculture professionally all over the world, and have just returned this year after 31 years living overseas (mostly India and various parts of Europe). Having designed for so many others, finally it’s time again to design our own place (my wife Francesca is an Italian agronomist), and build another house (the old one is in the rainforest we planted and in need of restoration as a guest house. We’re planting an extensive food forest of hugely diverse species, to add to what remains of the original forest garden, as well as extensive vegetable gardens for our own kitchen, for friends and guests. This whole land, shared with two others, is a remarkable arboretum of mainly Australian rainforest species, and there are kilometres of footpaths all over the land, giving access to most of the most beautiful parts of it. One boundary is over a kilometre of stunning rainforest creek, there is a large pond on the land, and the views of the world heritage national parks and caldera of the ancient volcano are spectacular. We eat very well, having an international cooking capacity; we are not extreme, but cook only vegetarian food generally.

    Currently I’m beginning to design and implement a beautiful large (185acre) nearby property, focusing on functional integration of water management, cabinet and structural timbers, rotational grazing, food forest, small cropping and biodiversity. This is a long-term project.

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    Having been a Permaculture professional for so many years, that’s essentially the basis for what we do. This property has always been free of synthetic chemicals; there’s no need or reason to do otherwise!

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Soil conservation, Mulching, Worm farming, Using & caring for tools, Fencing, Building, Natural Building techniques, Handyman, Off Grid Living skills

    My Details


    John Button



    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    2 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    3-7 days, 1-2 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation


    Separate Building, Tent, BYO Accommodation

    Other options

    Non-Smoking, No Smoking Inside, No Pets please

    Meal Procedures

    Share most meals

    Languages spoken

    English, Italian, German, French, some Hindi (though rusty)

    Diets we cater for

    Vegetarian meals, Vegan meals

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    With so much experience and applied Permaculture, AND so much work to do here, I feel it is an ideal situation to be able to share the experience and inspire others, and at the same time have the benefit of extra hands to help with all the work. It seems to be a wonderful exchange, fitting perfectly with the aims of WWOOFing.



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