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Linda Ryan

Host Profile

My Property

Property Name

Mirboo Ridge

Farming methods

Permaculture

Business Type

Hobby Farm

Short Property Description

It’s the view!

41 ha (103 acre)  farm overlooking the glorious, green rolling hills of South Gippsland.
Enjoy the  variable weather, stunning sunsets, huge sky and sparkling stars.

We’ve Busy Bees, relaxed, inquisitive Black Angus, Hereford and Black Baldy Beef cattle, Black faced Suffolk sheep and quite a fruit/berries/ herb/vegetable garden.

Wildlife abounds as we plant more indigenous species along our waterways.
An ex travel planner ( helpful for ideas) and engineer, we’ve travelled extensively in Australia and overseas.

How to get here: We are 2  hours East of Melbourne.

Can pick you up in Leongatha ( bus from Melbourne), or from the train in Trafalgar or Morwell.
There are also Buses from Wonthaggi via Inverloch and Leongatha to nearby Mirboo North.
Or from Traralgon and Morwell.

If you want an interesting, varied, enjoyable experience, our farm is it!

We welcome WWOOFers looking to experience a different life.

Full Property Description

Lots of different Berries are grown, so breakfast is gorgeous in season.  Or earlier the passionfruit vine is the star and rhubarb consistently provides a zing!! We make fresh bread, tasty treats and enjoy local produce.  The honey is Yum! The coffee machine is popular too.

We have comfy bedrooms in the farmhouse, also a rustic Mountain style cabin with a wide verandah to relax on.  The refurbished Shepherds hut has the best view on the ridge!

We’ve games, puzzles and a great collection of travel books and local guides.

The farm has Steers, Lambs, Honey and native bees, wombats, kangaroos and hares.  We walk with our relaxed cattle  ( without dogs) to move onto new pastures.  Enjoy the calls of  the many varieties of birds .

Many different tasks are possible with multi machines to learn if you are interested – Log splitters, brushcutters, ride on mowers, Ute, 4WD, tractor with slasher. 4 in 1, forks etc.

Variety of daily achievements makes for a fulfilling stay!

See nearby:

https://www.visitmelbourne.com/regions/gippsland/destinations/mirboo-north

Wilsons’s Promontory National Park is Victoria’s best and it’s an hour away!

Be inspired by the nearby Tarra Bulga National park with its lush gullies, giant mountain Ash trees and impressive tree ferns.

Walk, run or cycle the local Rail trail through the bush from historic Brewery to chilled local pub!

Look out for wildlife on  Lyrebird walk and Baths Rd reserve.

Swim, play Golf, enjoy fresh Escargot, the local wineries or simply breath in the fresh, clear air!

There are lots of fine foods, markets, festivals, live music, walks and farm gate sales too.

Organic/Biological methods we use

Permaculture

Global warming also increases  evaporation.  Our red soil already dries out quickly.
Improving Carbon helps give the soil its water-retention capacity, structure, and fertility.

The Soil is always covered, by understocking and rotating  animals.
Building 5+km of fences to keep the environmental vandals (cattle) out of the creek has allowed these zones to revegetate.  Creating Shelter belts and fencing off steep erosion prone areas, plus planting lots of indigenous trees is transforming the farm.

Instead of Superphosphates, Pig manure compost is added.  Herbicides and Pesticides are avoided.

Currently we have a 1 ha Landcare test site – comparing plots that have been aerated with a Yeomans plough, mycorrhizal fungi and seaweed added. Measuring with Brix refractometer.  Soil tests have been taken.

Skills WWOOFers can learn here

Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Soil conservation, Propagating, Mulching, Pruning, Wild Food Foraging, Beekeeping, Animal care, Sheep/goats/cattle care, Mustering, Mechanical, Using & caring for tools, Fencing, Building, Handyman, Preserving & processing food, Bread making

My Details

Name

Linda Ryan

Partners Name

Phil

Gender

Couple

The Stay

Can Accommodate

3 WWOOFers

Preferred length of Stay

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

Accommodation

In Our Home, Separate Building, BYO Accommodation

Other options

No Smoking Inside

Meal Procedures

Eat together, Share most meals, Share cooking

Languages spoken

English

Why I became a WWOOF Host

A big part of Travel is the people you get to know. In so many places. we’ve learnt so much about how a country really works, because we’ve spent time with the locals, instead of just skimming through with mostly other tourists.

We’ve been an English Language College home host and many adult international students and visitors have stayed with us. We enjoyed helping them become more confident with the language and travelling in Australia.

If you are missing a favourite dish from home, we always like to try something new. On a farm there is plenty to do, but there maybe a fish to catch in the dam!

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