Leanne Harper

Host Profile

    My Property

    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Farming methods

    Organic

    Short Property Description

    Michael and I, (both 57 years old) and our friendly labrador Marley, live in our family home, on a private 5 acres, on the Blackall Range (about 425 m above sea level), Sunshine Coast Hinterland, 82 kilometres north of Brisbane. Two acres around the house are carefully managed, and the other 3 acres are rainforest, and weedy lantana and privet patches, down to Obi Obi Creek at the bottom of the property. Our spare bedroom within the main residence is offered as accommodation for our helper volunteers. It has a private external entryway, queen bed, study desk, small dining table, refrigerator, and own bathroom.  There is a separate cottage on the property where our 19 year old son Tom and partner Lauren live, and a granny flat underneath the main house, where our 23 year old boarder Jonathon lives. We have recently purchased the property, and are keen to establish the veggie patch and orchard, and regenerate areas of rainforest, according to permaculture principles. I am a soil consultant, working with regenerative agriculture/organic farmers and market gardeners across Australia, but particularly in south east Queensland. A few times a year, I teach soil classes for organic farmers and market gardeners, and also teach the soil component of the permaculture course at Crystal Water Eco Village. My speciality is soil mineral balancing. Michael was working as an airline pilot, (employment status uncertain at this time) and we both enjoy time on the water, fishing, and snorkelling on the wrecks at Tangalooma. I completed a permaculture design certificate 22 years ago, and this will be my third (and last) personal permaculture property set up, but I am only just beginning, so there is much to be done.

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    A soil sample has been taken recently from the veggie patch, which was sent to the laboratory at Southern Cross University. Based on the analysis results, the soil is minerally balanced according to Albrecht principles. The minerals are mixed on site to prescription, and applied pre-plant. Veggies are grown from seed in trays, in home made medium, then potted up, grown on, and planted out as advanced seedlings. An active, hot, immature compost is made weekly on the property from home grown ingredients, and used as weed free mulch on the patch. A separate growing area is being built to grow permanent veg like asparagus, rhubarb, etc, and the orchard is eagerly anticipated but yet to begin.

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Soil conservation, Mulching, Using & caring for tools

    My Details

    Name

    Leanne Harper

    Gender

    Female

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    1 WWOOFer

    Preferred length of Stay

    3-7 days, Longer stays by negotiation

    Other options

    Non-Smoking, No Children

    Meal Procedures

    Eat together

    Languages spoken

    English

    Diets we cater for

    Meat based meals, Gluten free meals

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    We enjoy welcoming travellers from our global community, interacting with like minded new people with similar values and philosophies, and sharing our knowledge and vision of life. Willing volunteers can expect good organic food, cultural and educational exchange and experiences, while living and learning hands on, organic practices. Experience is not required, but happy hands, laughter, trust, cooperation and teamwork are essential while helping with our day to day tasks in the garden.

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