Short Property Description
We moved in to this 100 acre property, situated between Pemberton and Northcliffe in the South West of Western Australia, at the end of 2018. It is surrounded by stunning karri forrest and on the crossing of the Bibbulmun walking trail and the Munda Biddi cycling trail.
We have a productive home orchard and veggie gardens, as well as ponds and a lake with marron, the largest freshwater crayfish in the world and pretty tasty. We have cows, sheep, chickens, and a couple of worm farms. Also a very energetic young pomeranian dog, Rupert. Plenty of water is also a bonus in this country.
In addition to our rammed earth house, there are also 4 holiday cottages on the property. Most of the time, our helpers can stay in one of the cottages if it is not during busy holiday times or long weekends. Otherwise, they stay in our house in the spare room.
We have spare bikes for our helpers, so that they can go and explore this beautiful area.
During the winter months, David is busy planting lots of trees, so you will be able to help create a lasting benefit for the future. There are trees for fodder, shelter, fruit and some for longer term timber resource.
We are experimenting with regenerative farming and improving the soil with growing a diverse mix of grasses and making and applying compost teas to increase the subsoil life.
Other ongoing projects:
Constructing and maintaining permaculture gardens and orchards, picking berries and fruit.
Planting native flowering plants for the bees, propagating and seeding vegetables.
Making compost and mulching the gardens.
Woodworking projects, ranging from making greenhouse to re-fitting kitchens in the cottages.
Chopping firewood and collecting kindling.
Organic/Biological methods we use
We apply permaculture principles to create a very diverse environment, working towards having perennial plantings instead of the vast areas of grassland. Mulching, composting and vermiculture are a major component to suppress weeds and improve soil health. Also experimenting with regenerative agriculture.
Skills WWOOFers can learn here
Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Regenerative Agriculture practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Soil conservation, Propagating, Mulching, Pruning, Worm farming, Beekeeping, Animal care, Poultry care, Using & caring for tools, Fencing, Building, Handyman, Fermenting foods, Preserving & processing food, Bread making