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Eva Johnstone

Host Profile

My Property

Property Name

Allendale Landcare Group

Farming methods


Business Type

Hobby Farm

Short Property Description

Our place at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains of NSW was burnt in a bush fire on 22nd December 2019. We need help with land clearing of burnt areas so that we can restore our fences as well as taking the opportunity to remove weeds in the burnt areas where they have reappeared and planting out up to 1,000 canopy tree seedlings to restore the native habitat.

We are on 3.2 Ha of which 80% has been burnt. Luckily the orchard, greenhouse and organic vegie garden was saved, so we need help with preparing the spring garden and winter harvest, in addition to the restoration work.

We are dedicated permaculture followers and live according to sustainability principles. We have recently taken over a dilapidated property surrounded by bush, although the house is in good condition.

We have cleared the orchard and Vegie area and have Planted a Permaculture garden. However there is still a lot to be done. Under our guidance, weeds and undergrowth need to be cleared, compost, wood bins managed and our greenhouse attended to, as well as continuing to plant out the herb and vegetable garden. Other tasks include clearing the bushland of weeds, preparing new garden beds and building a pergola for kiwi fruit vines.

We need people who are strong, with some landscape gardening experience.

Accomodation for 1, 2 or 3 close friends in a separate wing of our home with its own kitchen and bathroom and separate entry – would suit a couple or single person. Shared meals each evening. or Food provided to prepare your own breakfast and lunch. Mixed diet. Vegetarians catered for. No children. No smoking on property. Initial stay 6-10 days, longer stays negotiable. Prefer min 2 week stays.

Full Property Description

For information about visa extensions in Bushfire Disaster areas, seeĀ

The property is an amazing place, with 35 year old established but run down gardens of Rhododendrons and Azaleas surrounded by magnificent Blue Mountains bushland, much of it burnt but recovering. We still have extraordinary bird life, wallabies, and other native animals – and only a short distance from the amazing Grose Valley walks and waterfalls.

Organic/Biological methods we use

Permaculture, organic (non-certified), sustainable, zero waste is our aim.

Special Conditions

Non-smoking, no pets, no children

Skills WWOOFers can learn here

Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Soil conservation, Propagating, Mulching, Pruning, Worm farming, Mechanical, Using & caring for tools, Fencing, Building, Preserving & processing food, Bread making

My Details


Eva Johnstone

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The Stay

Can Accommodate

3 WWOOFers

Preferred length of Stay

2-4 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation


In Our Home

Other options

Non-Smoking, No Children

Meal Procedures

Eat together, Share some meals, Food provided, cook your own

Languages spoken

English, German

Diets we cater for

All diets catered for (mixed meals)



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