Fiona & Paul Rossiter

Host Profile

    My Property

    Business Type

    Commercial Farm

    Farming methods


    Short Property Description

    Our main residence is located in the centre of Orange NSW. We have a permaculture garden located at home and we also have another permaculture garden which supports our café.

    The garden at the café is called Fipa’s World, see our website for details.

    We also have a large scale Permaculture Educational Centre being built on 97 acres at Cargo. There is quite a lot of mixed work available at Cargo starting with the building of vegetable gardens, service areas for composting, buildings, food forest and pathways.

    Accommodation consists of caravan or train carriage with all facilities available at the property. If working at our home or our café permaculture gardens then you will stay in a self contained unit located at our home.

    Old fashioned home cooked meals for the evening meals. Length of stay negotiable.  We are keen to hear from people who would like to stay long term and work with us to develop a village setting at our Permaculture site at Cargo.  Plus those of you who also can help us with garden maintenance and animal care in town at our home and café gardens.

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    Composting from degradable matter
    Chicken tractor systems
    Mulching for gardens
    Animals used as a pest control system
    Companion Planting
    and more ………..

    My Details


    Fiona & Paul Rossiter

    Partners Name

    Bissys Permaculture Educataional Centre (Cool Climate)



    The Stay


    Separate Building, Caravan, Tent, BYO Accommodation

    Can Accommodate

    4 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    2-4 weeks

    Other options

    Non-Smoking, Children allowed by arrangement

    Meal Procedures

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

    Cater for

    All diets catered for

    Languages spoken

    English but we do have some children who speak other languages



    66 Cecil Rd, Orange NSW 2800


    Tsubasa TAKEMURA
    The hardest, but it pays. There did I have the second WWOOF experience for three weeks from 3 Jan 2018 in summer, now I have done with four different host families in NSW. Fiona has a project to run a permaculture education centre, which have just started the end of the last year, 2017. You will stay at a unit beside their house or in a caravan at the other property of Cargo. What I did enjoy the most was tossing compost, digging holes, and especially working with fellows. There were a lot of exciting fellows of Orange for the project but the other WWOOFers, all of whom you would enjoy working with at the property. I happened to work there at the worst condition, the highest temperatures in recent decades with little water, no shower, no air conditioner nor fridge, but with mosquitoes, shades, breezes and an Esky. Honestly, I had hated the stays at first, but I came to work there with a big joy; I had forgot to enjoy it myself, because of the bad conditions. Once I decided to enjoy it, it was quite easy to get it over with the exciting fellows. The stays were surely of the most precious experiences in my life. The property is developing day by day. I know you will enjoy the ongoing project there with the wonderful fellows. You had better not forget to enjoy yourself in any occasion, plus have some mosquito proof tools and sunscreen in summer. Thank you.

    It was a great pleasure having you stay with us Tsubasa. You have such a kind and caring attitude and you are a great team player. Thanks for so much!
    Ronni Maciejowski
    I stayed with Paul and Fiona at their family home in Orange for a couple of weeks in Nov/Dec 2017. Paul and Fiona (and their family) were very welcoming and generous to me and made sure my stay was an enjoyable one. I was able to carry out tasks such as animal care and garden work, as well as a range of other tasks including getting to learn a couple of different cooking skills. I was able to learn a lot about permaculture living from my stay and was inspired by the plans for setting up the permaculture education centre at their Cargo property. I wish Paul and Fiona all the best for the future of their businesses.

    Hi Ronni, it was lovely having you and hearing about your journey. We really do think that permaculture is a way forward for you. Hope your new adventures are going well!
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