Michaela Ries (Kyla)

Host Profile

    My Property

    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Farming methods


    Short Property Description

    Small acreage on the Fish River, O’Connell NSW. Currently undergoing a riparian restoration of the creek and river as well as revegetation of the area. Newly built house establishing biodynamic and sustainable farming practices – interested in following regenerative farming practices. Property owners are Kyla, Gary and Sam, there are 2 dogs Bruce and Tom, 3 cats; Rosie, Lily and George and 4 chickens and one rooster “Squat”. Our property has been drought affected and the vegetable gardens are only just coming back. We are constantly planting and watering trees, weeding the paddocks and creek/river area. We collect rocks from the property to create rock gabion walls. The house has a 360 degree view of the O’Connell Hills and we have the most amazing sunsets. Looking forward to sharing our little piece of paradise with others.

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    We are a new farm and in the process of establishing a self sustainable, biodynamic lifestyle.  We practice composting, and water saving vege garden techniques, our chickens a free range – they have the run of the property.  They produce the most wonderful tasting eggs!  Kyla has a riparian restoration project she is currently working on and would love some help with a large planting that is scheduled for Autumn 2020.  We have been studying and practicing regenerative farming practices, we intend on getting a small flock of sheep in the very near future and will be rotating their grazing to ensure a good soil health and re-growth of vegetation to the farm.

    My Details


    Michaela Ries (Kyla)

    Partners Name

    Gary Bajada



    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    2 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    2-3 days, 2-4 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation, Whatever suits


    In Our Home, Caravan, Tent, BYO Accommodation

    Other options

    No Smoking Inside, Children allowed by arrangement

    Meal Procedures

    Share some meals, Share cooking

    Languages spoken


    Diets we cater for

    All diets catered for (mixed meals), Gluten free meals

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    Kyla is currently studying Environmental Science and working on the riparian restoration projects on the farm. Gary is a sole trader and travels within the general area for work one days off he is always doing something on the farm. We work together with trying to establish our sustainable dream. Kyla grew up in NZ on Katikara Community, just outside of New Plymouth. This community ran on alternative power and used compostable toilets. Wwoof workers would come to the community on a regular basis whilst travelling around NZ.



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