Professor Christopher Kelen & Dr Carol Archer

Host Profile

    My Property

    Property Name


    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Farming methods


    Short Property Description

    Five acre property at Markwell via Bulahdelah… bushland regenerating (lantana and privet need clearing)

    … we are establishing various kinds of gardens, including orchards and vegie gardens

    … using solar systems and rainwater tanks + composting toilet

    Full Property Description

    We have had this five acre property at Markwell via Bulahdelah for more than thirty years and built our house here 25 years ago. We have recently added accommodation for WWOOFERs, including tiny houses, a rustic indoor outdoor kitchen and bathroom, and composting toilet.  So our WWOOFER zone is a little distance from the house and fairly independent of it (with its own water supply and solar power). It’s kind of a ‘glamping’ arrangement. You get to be in the bush with the birds to wake you up in the morning, and the starry skies above (weather permitting).

    We’re establishing new orchards and gardens (some to go with the ‘WWOOFER zone’) and we need help to get these going. Also we need help with weeding and mulching and pruning and so on in the existing gardens. Also scything/brushcutting.


    We’re also interested in WWOOFERs with building and cleaning skills/interests, because there are plenty of little things that need finishing, and everything needs maintenance.


    This property is on a sealed road 8.78 kms from Bulahdelah (a town of 1300 people). There is a school bus past our place every day and buses (Newcastle and Taree/Forster) service Bulahdelah, which is on the Pacific Highway.



    We are Visual Artists and Writers and also interested in Music, so very interested in WWOOFERS who share these kinds of interest.


    There really is no shortage of pianos.

    Organic/Biological methods we use


    propagating from cuttings

    attempting to grow things from seeds

    scything, pruning

    pushing wheelbarrow

    marvel at the wicking garden

    write poems about all of it

    and paint pictures

    sing songs


    Special Conditions

    we are special

    and so are you

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Organic practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Pruning, Soil conservation, Mulching, Building, Natural Building techniques

    Courses and Events

    from time to time these might be notified

    My Details


    Professor Christopher Kelen & Dr Carol Archer



    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    3 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    2-3 days, Longer stays by negotiation


    Separate Building

    Other options

    Non-Smoking, No Smoking Inside, No Children

    Meal Procedures

    Share some meals

    Languages spoken


    Diets we cater for

    Fish, Vegetarian, Gluten free

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    We need help with the garden, land, buildings and overall maintenance; we enjoy being and working with new people; we love the ‘gift economy’ philosophy of WWOOF; we enjoy intercultural and interpersonal exchanges – sharing aspects of our place and culture and experience and learning about yours; we have the space and time for helpers and see this as a win-win for WWOOFers and hosts alike.



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